Touching base: Josh Johnson

Making the jump from high school to college football is never easy. Kregg Lumpkin learned quickly how different things are at the college level.

His teammate from Stephenson, Josh Johnson, a stud linebacker, will try to make the transition this fall.

"I am working out right now," said Johnson. There are only a few weeks left in Johnson's high school life and he is spending them getting ready for football in Athens.

"My track coach and I are going to go to Athens when track season is over. I am going to work hard and try to get early playing time. I am not really running track right now I am just working out with (the Stephenson track team)," Johnson said.

Johnson said that he picked Georgia for two reasons: "Athens was closer to home and because of Coach (Brian) VanGorder," he said. The Stephenson star committed to Miami before reneging and going with the Bulldogs.

"He knows the linebackers; He is real. If you watch the linebackers and the way that they move they have good fundamentals," said Johnson.

Johnson said that the Hurricanes would have likely kept him as a commit had he not visited Athens for the Bulldogs' senior camp.

"At first I was not even thinking about (Georgia). I had committed to Miami. But that camp, it was like; it made me think more about Georgia," he said of the decision changing visit to Athens.

Johnson said that he knows that it will be difficult next season in Athens but that he is at least familiar with the hard work that is typical of the Mark Richt-run Georgia program.

"Our coaches run us all year round. We don't get any breaks. After the playoffs we might get two weeks break," said Johnson. He will be somewhat used to the work schedule that Dave Van Halanger and company put the players through in the off season.

Johnson said that he will arrive in Athens in June. He also said that he has not been in touch with the Georgia coaching staff since about a month ago. "We just talked," he said.

"We are going to try to win it; we are going to play as a team," he concluded.

Johnson's quick hitters on:

Kregg Lumpkin: "He's going to be very good."

T.J. Gartrell: "He is getting a lot better."


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