Tigers in the mix for junior linebacker

CUTigers has the latest on one of Georgia's top 2011 outside linebackers, who was in Duluth last month for the Scout Showcase.

OLB A.J. Johnson Profile

Though he wasn't participating in the Sunday afternoon combine, former Tennessee commit A.J. Johnson was there supporting a teammate and rubbing elbows with some of the best prospects in the Southeast.

He remains wide-open with his recruiting as he plans to look at a variety of options this spring.

"I'm going to try and go to as many places as I can…really visit any place," Johnson said. "I'm going to try to hit all the good spots up."

The Gainesville High School (Ga.) outside linebacker hopes to head to Gainesville, Fla. for Florida's junior day, as long as there's no conflict with basketball.

A frequent visitor in Clemson, he was invited to Tigertown for the weekend of the Duke basketball game, but had a conflict with basketball. Johnson is planning on making another trip to Clemson in the near future.

"If not to a junior day, I'm going to go down there just to go, because that's one of my top teams right now," he said.

"I know I'm going to go up there sometime soon. They want me to bring my mom and dad up there. They haven't been up there yet."

Though Clemson sits comfortably among others, he claims a handful of schools are sitting in equal favor. One of those schools includes Southern California, which extended an offer shortly after Lane Kiffin and company left Knoxville.

Along with Clemson, Tennessee and USC; Auburn, Georgia Tech and Alabama are also in the mix.

While evaluating the schools, he wants to be a part of a "good" atmosphere.

"A nice place to play football," Johnson said. "Where they know how to take care of their players at the school, a place where I can get the books done and then go out on the field of play."

If selected to play in the Under Armour All-America game, he could make his decision known then.

"I was thinking of doing the hat choices, but I don't have a time really set," Johnson said.

His other offers include: Mississippi, N.C. State, Oklahoma State and Stanford.

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