Talented Prospect Still Committed?

One of Georgia's top high school football players talks about his recruitment and this weekend's state semi-final game.

Hawkinsville, Ga.--One of the South's premier high school football players is freakish athlete Charles Johnson. A 6-2, 250-pounder with the speed to play running back and wide receiver in high school in addition to his duties at defensive end, Johnson has been committed to the Georgia Bulldogs since early this fall.

Despite his commitment he took an official visit to Auburn three weeks ago for the Iron Bowl weekend and came away very impressed by what he saw. Saying he's still "committed" to Georgia, Johnson does note that he's not finished looking around and the Tigers and Florida Gators are two schools that will get a serious look.

"I'm still looking at Auburn and Florida," Johnson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I haven't set up my visit to Florida yet, but Auburn is losing a lot of main people on defense. That's a place where I feel like I could get early playing time."

Johnson says that he has been visited by coaches from all three schools in the last couple of weeks with Coach Hugh Nall and Coach Gene Chizik in his home from the Auburn staff. "They both sounded pretty good," Johnson says.

Charles Johnson

A powerful player who is being recruited as both an outside linebacker and defensive end by colleges, Johnson plays four different positions for Hawkinsville and leads his team into the state semi-finals Saturday morning against Clinch County. Johnson says he's excited about the game and hopes to have the chance to play for a state championship the next week.

"I'm looking forward to this weekend," Johnson says. "I'm ready to play Clinch County and get back to the state championship."

Following his season the race will be on for the talented prospect. While Georgia is still in the driver's seat for his signature in February, Johnson says that it's not a done deal by any means.

"It would take something pretty dramatic," he says for him to change his mind. "But I don't know."


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