Clemson visiting 4-star LB Thursday

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Several of the nation's elite football programs are hot on the trail for one of the nation's top outside linebacker prospects.

LB A.J. Johnson Profile

CUTigers caught up with A.J. Johnson during the Georgia region 7 3-A track meet at Flowery Branch High School on Tuesday.

"Clemson is coming by Thursday. I'm not sure who's coming, but my coach was saying a couple of coaches their coaches are coming."

Coaches from East Carolina were by Monday, but Johnson doesn't consider the Pirates among his favorites.

"Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, USC, Miami and LSU—those right there are my favorites, no order," he said.

Johnson looks to narrow that group to five by the end of the summer. Several criteria will help distinguish those that make the final group.

"How the environment feels, the coaches, defense, if they take me and my brother," he said.

Nick Johnson, his older brother, is a tight end at Georgia Military. The brothers played together for two seasons in high school and one together in middle school.

They'd like to team up for two more at the college level.

"A couple of schools are talking about getting his information to get him to come and play. Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Miami," the younger Johnson said. "This will be his second year coming up."

He's been in the weight room looking to get better for one last season at Gainesville.

"I just want to get bigger and faster and stay healthy," Johnson said.

In the weight room, he named power cleans as his best event with a 305 max.

"I almost got 315. I couldn't get it up all the way," Johnson said. "My bench and squat, I'm not sure what my maxes are.

"Power cleans are my best event in the weight room. It's about explosiveness, just throwing it up."

All of the hard work to this point has earned him invitations to both the Under Armour All-America Game and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Johnson plans to commit at one of the two games. Unsure of which invitation he'll accept, he said Under Armour will likely be the choice.

"When (players) make the decision during the game, I think I'll do something like that," he said. "It will be that top five that I chose from." Top Stories