Auburn Makes Impression On Top 2013 LB

2013 LB Trey Johnson talks about going to Auburn for a camp and where the Tigers stand.

Lawrenceville, Ga.--While there were many top 2012 prospects trying to make a name for themselves on Sunday at Auburn's first Senior Mini-Camp, a player that is already on the radar for most teams across the Southeast is junior-to-be Trey Johnson from Central Gwinnett High. Despite the fact he's only heading into his 11th grade year, Johnson already has almost two dozen offers including one from the Auburn Tigers.

Over the weekend he had a chance to visit Auburn, hang out with the players and coaches, and take part in Sunday's camp. He said the entire weekend was a good one for him and gave him a good feeling out Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

"It was real good," Johnson said. "I think I got a feel for how it really is there at Auburn. I really enjoyed myself. I'll probably go back to get a better feel and to get to work with the coaches again.

"My favorite part would have to be just hanging out with the players and seeing how they are, how they interact with each other," he added. "I got to speak with them and got to ask them questions about how the coaches are and how they like it there."

Johnson goes through drills at Auburn's camp.

Two of the players that Johnson spent some time with are fellow linebackers Jawara White and Jonathan Evans. Able to talk to them about Auburn and get their feedback on things, Johnson said that was probably the highlight of the visit for him.

"It's real nice," Johnson said. "They were real open and willing to talk to me about how they like it there and about the facilities and coaches and everything. I really appreciate them for being open with me like that and taking me in and showing me how it is at Auburn."

While his time spent with the players was a favorite, Johnson also spent time with Coach Ted Roof as well. One of the best players in Central Gwinnett history, Roof and Johnson had plenty to talk about the rising junior said.

"I spoke with Coach Roof and I was with him Saturday and Sunday," Johnson said. "We talked a lot because we come from the same school. We have a bond already just because of that."

With still over a year and a half until signing day in 2013 Johnson already has more options than he thought possible. Offers from all over the country have him counting his blessings and because of that he said he's just taking everything in stride at the moment to see what happens next.

"The recruiting process is heating up," Johnson said. "More offers keep coming in. I'm probably going to narrow it down later this summer to my top 10. That will let everybody know who is really up there for me. It's really overwhelming. I never expected it to be like that. It's like a dream come true for me. I'm just taking everything as it comes and trying to seek out which school is the best for me."

The only thing Johnson said he's certain of right now is that Auburn will be a part of his final list. Getting to know the coaches, players and campus on his visit, he said he found out Auburn is somewhere he could see himself playing down the road.

"I can tell you they are already in there," Johnson said. "The visit helped a lot just by speaking with the players and getting their insight on how it is there. That was the main thing. From the things they've said and from the things I've seen and heard it's just a really good school. There have been a couple of bad things said, but they are just rumors because it's nothing like some people say it is."

Johnson had a huge junior season for Central Gwinnett. From his linebacker spot he made 152 total tackles with 21 ½ tackles for a loss and seven sacks.

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