Date Committed: February 28, 2012
Ranked:Three-star, No. 52 DT
Position status: Georgia opened spring practice this weekend with a remodeled look on the defensive line. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has to fill the gap that NFL bound John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers left. That's a pretty big void – one that combined to weigh over 700 pounds. And there's not a great deal of experienced depth left at the position either. Among the defensive tackles listed on the current roster are John Atkins, DeAndre Johnson, Chris Mayes, Jonathan Taylor and Mike Thornton. Davin Bellamy is also classified as a defensive lineman, but his 6-foot-5, 235-pound physique means he will likely play outside linebacker – at least that's what Georgia coaches have told him.
The evaluation:Johnson is a thick lineman who has great upside, especially after he packs on more mass – specifically on his upper-body. He's got great work ethic and plays hard on every down. Scout's Chad Simmons believes that Johnson can improve in areas such as hand technique, playing better with pad level and becoming a more consistent player overall.
Estimated impact: When it comes to linemen, there is always room to squeeze in more names on the depth chart, so Georgia likes what it's getting in the 6-3, 310-pound Johnson. Scout's Simmons and Dean Legge both have Johnson pegged to play nose tackle, which seems like a safe bet. But it will be interesting to see how he fits in the rotation with guys like Jonathan Taylor, John Atkins and even Chris Mayes in the mix to play that spot. Because of the lack of depth at the position, though, my initial thoughts are that he won't redshirt.