Johnson Shows Out

ATHENS - Georgia's coaching staff engaged in a miniature battle for the right to have Rico Johnson during Dawg Night on Friday.

Secondary coach Scott Lakatos wanted Johnson, a 5-11, 175-pound athlete from Swainsboro, to play cornerback. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was adamant Johnson play receiver. Bobo won out, but it was a battle.

"Oh yeah, it was something like that," Johnson said laughing.

Bobo specifically wanted Johnson to play receiver so that he and current quarterback commit Brice Ramsey could begin to establish chemistry.

"Brice is the best quarterback I've ever seen," Johnson said. "I actually met Brice last year at a camp in West Georgia. That was my first time meeting him, and I've gotten to know him real well since then."

Johnson played only at receiver in offense-versus-defense drills, and he couldn't be stopped.

Fox Sports analyst Chad Simmons was blown away by Johnson's performance, citing him as a Top Three performer from the camp.

"We expected Johnson to play corner, and he played wide receiver in the one-on-ones," Simmons. "He caught every ball that was thrown his way and showed great separation speed. He gets off the line of scrimmage very well and can go get the ball when it's up in the air."

During down moments, Johnson took the opportunity to hang out with other Georgia commitments.

"Our class is real cool man," Johnson said. "Those guys, they're fools -- especially Shaq Wiggins. I've got a good feeling about our class and the chemistry we have."

Johnson rose from relative obscurity in recruiting circles to earn an offer from Georgia in June at the Mark Richt Camp. He committed on the spot and came to Dawg Night to show he could deliver on an elite stage. He did just that and now has a very distinct plan in mind.

"From here, I'm going to work hard," he said. "That's it, work hard and get better."

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