What Attracts Johnson to UGA?

Georgia's Rodney Garner was out in Kansas Saturday to check on one of Georgia's top 2013 targets. Toby Johnson played well in front of Garner and the Dawgs have a real shot at landing this elite Junior College defensive lineman.

"Coach [Rodney] Garner was at our game Saturday and I had six tackles, 1.5 tackles, for loss, two pass break-ups, and a sack, so I think I played pretty well in front of him," Toby Johnson told Scout.

Johnson may have impressed Coach Garner again in this game, but Johnson has been high on the Bulldog recruiting board for some time.

"Georgia has been recruiting me hard from the beginning. They offered me early and they have stayed in contact with me as much as they can since then. They have sent coaches out, they have called, they have talked me through Facebook, and I have really developed a good relationship with them."

One thing stands out about his overall relationship with the Dawgs. He typically talks to the coach recruiting him, but he is in contact with multiple coaches from UGA, one being head coach Mark Richt.

"I hear from Coach Richt a lot and sometimes he hits me up and sometimes I hit him up. It is very good getting to know the head coach and I like him a lot. I have talked to Coach Garner and some other assistant coaches too, but talking to the head coach really stands out to me. Coach Richt and I have a great relationship."

Richt's program is just one of a handful that this four-star defensive lineman is still considering. He does not have a leader, but he admits UGA is attractive to him.

"Georgia is up there for me because it is like a big family there. The coaches are close, the players are close, and they all care about each other.

"I also like their history at producing defensive linemen. Coach Garner has put some good ones in the NFL and my goal is to get there too. I like their defense, I like the opportunity to play early there, and I still have family in Georgia. I like a lot about what Georgia is all about.

"I have only visited Oklahoma officially so far and Georgia another school I know for sure I will visit," he said. "My coach sets all that stuff up, but I know I am visiting Georgia in December when they honor their players at the Gala.

"Other schools I am still looking at are Nebraska, Miami, Tennessee, Florida, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State."

Johnson plans to announce his decision in the middle of December before he graduates from Hutchinson Community College and enrolls at the school of his choice in January.

He will have three years to play two.

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