RECRUITING: Johnson - "Florida has their own loud"

One of the biggest and most surprising commitments for the Florida Gators football team in the 2006 recruiting class was all-American Durham (NC) Southern offensive lineman Carl Johnson. The 6-6, 335 pound mammoth is certainly a big need for the Gators as the offensive line struggled Saturday night. For Johnson, he already understands the importance of a big win versus a conference opponent.

(Carl Johnson profile)

When Johnson committed to the Gators back in June, one of the schools he was considering was Tennessee. This one was a special game for him to visit. We caught up with him on his six and a half hour ride home and Johnson was still excited about the win.

"It was a very good game," he said. "A very much needed win, I am happy we got it. It is going to help us in the SEC moving up and beating a high ranked team in the SEC. It was good, that was my first ever time being at a Florida home game. I was really surprised and blown away. I have been to Tennessee and Nebraska, they get extremely loud, but Florida has their own loud."

Johnson was just one of a bevy of big time recruits that visited for the game. He and the rest of the recruits enjoyed their time in front of 92,000 screaming Gators.

"They had a good time," h said about the rest of the recruits in attendance. "I talked to Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin they all were enjoying it. Sam Young and I were having a good time and hanging out."

After the game the coaches made an effort to visit with all of the blue chippers and let them understand that this is what big time football at Florida is all about. Johnson seemed to soak in the message and loves what he is getting to when he shows up on campus in January.

"They were telling us the same stuff," he said. "They were telling us they were trying to build the program and that was the reward of a strong program last night.

Johnson is having a good season and "The Pancake Man" is taking no prisoners on the football field. He has helped his Southern teammates to a 3-0 start. He is helping on both sides of the ball, including some time at defensive end. What a monster coming off the edge.

"We are undefeated so far and I am playing ways, offense and defense," he said. "I had five tackles last night. I am playing defensive tackle and defensive end.

Carl Johnson is a sight for sore eyes for the Gators recruiting prospects. His presence at the Tennessee game can only help others that are looking at a program and seeing that the Gators mean business not only now but in the future.

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