Eddie Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 224-pound linebacker who runs the forty-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, told InsideTheVille.com Tuesday that he has committed to Louisville.
"It's a good school and the coaching staff is [great]," Johnson said. "Most schools were waiting to offer, but Louisville pulled the trigger so I just went with it. Coach Strong being a linebacker guy we kind of see eye to eye and the defense is linebacker friendly."
Johnson attended Louisville's camp recently and picked up an offer from the Cardinals.
"It was a good camp and I had a chance to work with [linebackers] Coach [Brian Jean-Marie]," Johnson said. "They said that I am very explosive and quick on my feet. He said that I was the best linebacker that they've seen so far [during camp]."
Johnson, ranked as one of the top 10 sleepers at this springs Nike Camp in Tuscaloosa, chose Louisville over UAB. Johnson was also being recruited by Auburn and Mississippi State.
"Johnson was one of several linebackers who stood out, and definitely a player on the rise," Scout.com's Andrew Bone wrote. "He is in top physical shape and has gained about 15-pounds in muscle this spring. He is fast and quick on his feet. He did a really good job in pass coverage and played aggressive."
After watching Johnson's performance at the Nike Football Camp, Greg Biggins, director of recruiting for ESPN Rise, called Johnson the top sleeper to emerge at linebacker during the camp. Biggins said this about Louisville's new commit:
"In a very strong group of linebackers, Eddie Johnson emerged as one of the bigger sleepers in the camp. Johnson has the prototype size for the position and made a ton of plays. He's a dominant player and very tough and aggressive. Excelled in the pass rush drills and is a natural athlete who plays well in space.
Johnson, who will transfer to North Atlanta HS for his senior season, played running back and linebacker as a junior for Selma HS.
As a junior, Johnson rushed for 560 yards and scored eight touchdowns. At linebacker, he made 78 tackle and eight sacks, picking off one pass. One recruiting service rated him one of the top 20 prospects in Alabama.
Johnson said he's solid in his commitment but will attend Auburn's upcoming camp.