Class of 2013 LB talks Irish offer

While work continues for Irish coaches in building the Class of 2012, it is never too early to reach out and give a verbal offer to a top younger player. This is the case with Georgia linebacker Trey Johnson.

The recruitment of Trey Johnson is going to be a battle among several programs before it is over. Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker from Lawrenceville (GA) Central Gwinnett High School has quickly become one of the most sought after prospects in the Class of 2013. How many programs have offered?

"I know it's over 20," Johnson told Irish Eyes on Sunday. "I'm not for sure how many and at first was very surprised by all of it. Now it is almost like a regular thing with how many I have now."

Notre Dame has become one of the latest to offer Johnson and while he's yet to speak with an Irish coach, he does remember seeing them around.

"I remember one of their coaches came to our school and then he came back and watched us practice. Before practice, my coach told me that I had been offered by Notre Dame. So I have seen him around watching everybody go through drills."

As for what he knows about the Irish, Johnson says there is a lot to learn.

"I do not know too much about Notre Dame right now. I've never visited, but I have thought about them before when I've watched them on television."

Now, Jones has even more reasons to watch the Irish as one of his new teammates has an inside track with the Irish.

"I will probably visit Notre Dame with Malachi Jones who has a brother (T.J. Jones) that plays up there. Malachi came to the team after the season so when Notre Dame was playing I did not even know him. However, Coach (Todd) Wofford talks about T.J. every now and then so I did watch them to see him play. So I know this season I will be watching them more.

"I might try and ride up with Malachi this summer to visit and see how it is up there."

One school that really surprised Johnson was USC.

"The offer from USC is one that really caught my eye. It is USC (Southern California) and mainly because it is Southern California. I did not think they would have heard of me this early because of where they are located. I still have a whole lot of SEC and ACC schools showing interest, so I don't have anyone ahead of anyone else right now. I'm just trying to see how everything pans out in the end."

On the subject of leaving home, Johnson says right now his plans may surprise some.

"Distance is not a factor for me. I'm probably going to end up leaving the state."

And as to when he will look to make a college choice?

"Right now I'm not sure. I might wait until the last minute on signing day or I might do it around the time of one of the All-Star games. But you never know and I might just declare early."

On the field Johnson feels he's got a solid game but still some work to do.

"My strengths are my aggressiveness and how I play fast and downhill a lot. I feel you can always improve upon everything, so I want to improve my game as a whole."

Can the new friendship with Malachi Jones help the Irish with Johnson's recruitment? That will be a question that will play out in the coming months. Top Stories