January 18, 2013

'Georgia still my leader'

Hutchinson Community College (Hutchinson, Kan.) defensive tackle Toby Johnson has a lot going on right now.

The JUCO standout started his spring semester classes earlier this week and has hosted coaches from SEC schools almost every day this week.

On Monday, Johnson had a chance to spend time with new Georgia defensive line coach Chris Wilson, and came away impressed with the Bulldog assistant.

"I had a meeting with Coach Wilson on Monday," said Johnson. "The visit went real well. We sat down and talked for a couple of hours and stuff, and I just like him a lot. We talked about some regular things. We talked about football and about life. We talked about how he coaches his guys, and I got a feel for him as a person."

Two other SEC schools, Mississippi State and Kentucky, dropped by on Wednesday and Thursday, and both of those schools are doing their best to earn an official visit from the four-star prospect.

Coach (David) Turner came to see me yesterday from Mississippi State. He's a pretty cool guy. We sat down and talked and he just wanted to get to know stuff and me. I didn't really get to know him when he was at Kentucky. He tried to recruit me when he was at Kentucky but I didn't give him a chance then. I like him a lot," he said. "The visit with Kentucky went well. They are coming in late, and they are still putting together their coaching staff. Coaches came by and saw me today."

Since Johnson announced at the end of 2012 that he wouldn't be enrolling early at the school of his choice, the Banneker High School product has maintained that he would make his decision on National Signing Day.

Now that he is in his final semester at junior college, he is no longer holding firm to that timeline.

"I'm still trying to figure out what visits I want to take. I don't really know yet," said Johnson. "I haven't made up my mind. I'm going to take some visits, though. But if I can, I'm just going to go ahead and commit when I get ready."

When it comes to his recruitment, Johnson says that little has changed and he knows exactly what he is looking for when he gets ready to decide.

"Georgia is still my leader. They are still on top," said Johnson. "I just want a coaching staff I feel comfortable with. I want someone that is going to promise me that they are going to get after me for the next one or two years. I don't want a coach that is going to possibly leave when I get there. I want to go somewhere I will win, and where my family can see me play. I want someone that will help me develop my game so I can play at the next level."

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