OLB checks out Tigertown

One of the top names on Clemson's 2011 list at outside linebacker was in town with his family on Saturday for the Tigers' morning scrimmage in Death Valley.

OLB A.J. Johnson Profile

Gainesville (Ga.) High School outside linebacker A.J. Johnson already had several trips to Tigertown already under his belt. On Saturday, he was joined by his mother, brother and family members. CUTigers recently spoke to Johnson to see how the day went.

"The main thing about the trip was to get my mom and my family down there, my brother down there," he said. "They liked it a lot. That was the first time my mom has been on a visit with me because she's working all the time, but she really liked it."

Most of the Clemson coaching staff spoke to Johnson at some point during the visit, which lasted from 10 that morning until 4 o'clock.

Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele spoke to Johnson with his arm around him on the field before the scrimmage.

"He was like, ‘Throw some pads on--let me get you in there.' That made me laugh," Johnson said.

After the scrimmage, they had lunch and toured the university.

"We saw all the facilities, like the education building, the weight room, the locker rooms and dorm rooms where the freshmen stay," Johnson said.

"My mom, she kind of wanted to see what the school was like, but she said it's all on me. Wherever I pick is on me. I'm going to be the one that's living it out."

Long since a Tigertown regular, he continued the good rapport with the coaches on Saturday.

"It's close to home. I've been there quite a few times. I'm cool with all the coaches," Johnson said.

On Thursday, he'll visit Tennessee before heading south to see Florida on Friday and Saturday.

Johnson is considering others, which he's also trying to visit in the near future. Georgia Tech, Miami and USC are three others he likes.

"I know I'm going to hit up those spots, I'm not sure when. I've been to Georgia Tech and Alabama. The only places I haven't been are Miami and USC," Johnson said.

Unsure of when of a time table for a decision, he would like to see all of the schools in person.

Johnson is listed by Scout.com as a three-star outside linebacker.

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