Canes/Gators Battle For LB

Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson standout linebacker Josh Johnson's been having an outstanding senior season. He has helped his team reach the state quarterfinals, registering over 170 tackles thus far.

"I play fullback too but I don't get the ball a whole lot," Johnson said. "That's OK though. As long as we're winning, I'm happy. I'm a linebacker."

He's not just a linebacker -- he's one of the best prospects in the entire country at that position.

"I can make plays all over the field," the 6-2, 230-pounder said. "I'll chase everything down and I just love being out there."

The talented linebacker, who is already a full academic qualifier, will wrestle after football in addition to dealing with all the recruiting attention that he's getting.

"It gets pretty crazy sometimes," he said. "I got three of my trips lined up. I go to Miami on the 12th, Florida on January 16th, and South Carolina on January 23rd. I'm still trying to set one up with Georgia too."

Johnson said he's strongly considering playing his college ball inside the state of Florida.

"Florida and Miami are my top two," he said. "Georgia's straight and everything but they're loaded with linebackers. I'm trying to play early if I can."

Johnson said he's been interested in the two Florida schools for quite awhile now.

"I've been likin Miami forever now," he said. "I get to watch them and Florida on TV a lot. They're both great defenses that I can fit into."

One advantage the Gators might have over the Canes right now is the fact that Johnson has a brother living near UF.

"He lives in Lake City which is close (to Gainesville)," he said. "But really, I don't even know (who my favorite is). My visits will help me determine that."

Coaches from all four programs are scheduled to stop by for in-home visits later this week.

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