Recruiting: Johnson Does OSU-UGA Double

Oklahoma State and Georgia will open the 2009 football season against each other at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater on Sept 5, but the Cowboys and the Bulldogs are finding themselves in an ever increasing battle over recruits. Standout safety Isaiah Johnson of Tyrone (Sandy Creek), Ga., took back-to-back unofficial visits this past week to the OSU campus and then the Georgia campus.

The 6-2, 180-pound Johnson runs a 4.6 and plays very physical. Last season he had 53 tackles and seven sacks. He has a 225-pound max on the bench press and a 310-pound max on the squat.

Johnson has been offered by a bunch of schools including OSU and Georgia along with Georgia Tech, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Stanford, and Vanderbilt.

On his trips last week he was in Stillwater on Thursday and Friday and then left for Georgia and was in Athens on Saturday.

"That trip (Stillwater) went good," said Johnson of the trip to OSU. "The size (of the town) when you get of campus is kind of small, but you don't want distractions in college. All of the new stuff (facilities) was great. I think it has to be the best there is and it will put them up there with all of the other big-time schools. The new locker room especially is really nice. Anybody would want to be on the team in that locker room."

Johnson was most enthusiastic about the coaching staff."The coaches, they were cool," added Johnson. "I got along with all of them fine. I was very comfortable with them."

Asked about the distance he did call it a factor for the first time. "A little bit," he answered on the distance question. "At first I didn't care, but now that I have traveled and been out there, it is a little bit. I am trying not to make it part of my decision."

Johnson told Scout southern recruiting analyst Chad Simmons that he could make a commitment in a couple of weeks. He also told him his thoughts on his trip to Georgia on Saturday.

"I was really blown away how Georgia rolled out the red carpet for me," said Johnson Saturday evening as he drove back from Athens. "It really surprised me how Georgia came out me today and I was really impressed by them.

"I spent the whole day with Coach [Willie] Martinez and he showed me around. I saw the campus, the facilities, the academic center, the dorms, and just about everything Georgia had to offer. I had heard some things about Georgia but it was better than what I expected. I didn't know a lot about the program, so I learned a lot today."

The big, physical safety out of Tyrone, Ga., liked everything in Athens, but a couple of things really stood out to him.

"I really liked how they have four cafeterias that are open 24 hours a day and you can get whatever you want in there. We ate there for lunch and it was very nice. I also liked the academic center and my mom was really impressed by that too.

"The academic staff meets with the football coaches everything and they talk about every football player to find out how they are doing in class. I really like how the coaches are on the top of things. That is probably why they had the highest GPA in the SEC last year."

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