Peach state LB visits Clemson

This explosive linebacker from the Peach State has not received an offer from Clemson just yet, but after an unofficial visit to Clemson's annual spring game Saturday, the rising junior said it shouldn't be much longer.

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"They said I'm going to hear some good news in about a week or two," Johnson told CUTigers after making the quick trip over to Tigertown.

Right now, the 6-foot-3, 222-pound linebacker who is considered one of the top prospects in Georgia for the 2011 recruiting class, only has an offer from Tennessee, but he is being courted by Georgia Tech, UCLA and Georgia. In fact, he visited Georgia last month for junior day.

Saturday was Johnson's first trip to Clemson, and he came away from the visit excited about the university and the football program.

"It was great," he said. "They took me around and showed me some places. They have shown me a lot of love.

"They were telling me about the new (weight) lifting facility and were telling me how it was going to look and then they took me to the meeting rooms, the training rooms, the locker rooms and all of that.

"I got to go in there when the players were in there and all of that stuff. It was good."

Johnson said the Clemson trip was the best trip he has taken thus far, including last month's visit to Georgia.

"When I have been to other places, they have just taken me to a game or something like that, but here they showed me around and showed me a lot of stuff," he said.

Johnson, who is an A-B student, plays middle linebacker at Gainesville High School, but he said Clemson has talked to him about playing outside linebacker.

He says Clemson is in his top three right now, along with Tennessee and Georgia. Johnson recorded 165 tackles last season, including four sacks and one interception.

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