Johnson leaves Georgia for West Virginia

ATHENS – David Johnson officially left the Georgia Bulldogs staff today ending days worth of speculation, the University confirmed this afternoon.

Johnson had been the tight ends coach at Georgia since 2001, but decided to take the offensive line coaching job at West Virginia, his alma mater, instead of continuing in Athens.

Johnson's tenure at Georgia has been productive. Four of his tight ends – every starter of his time in Athens – have gone on to be drafted by teams in the NFL.

""This is a bittersweet day in some respects. Dave Johnson was part of our original staff here at Georgia and he and his family have been a blessing to our program," head coach Mark Richt said in a statement today. "At the same time, we're excited for the opportunity he has in returning to his alma mater. Everything he has done at Georgia has been done with excellence and we wish him and his family the very best. We will certainly miss them."

Johnson's departure leaves a void in the Bulldogs' staff. While Mark Richt is working to fill Johnson's spot, the Bulldogs must deal with the recruiting ramifications of Johnson's departure – namely talented North Carolina tight end Dwayne Allen.

Allen said Monday night in an interview with Dawg Post that his recruiting would "drastically" change if Johnson were to leave. Allen is set to visit North Carolina this weekend and said he would be visiting Virginia Tech soon.

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