Johnson Inching Closer To Decision

Aynor (SC) athletic offensive lineman T.J. Johnson is one of the top offensive line prospects in the Palmetto State's class of 2008. After picking up an offer from the home state Gamecocks last month following an impressive camp showing at USC, Johnson made a return trip to Columbia on Monday to learn more about the South Carolina program. How did that visit go? Read inside for all the details.

T.J. Johnson, who measures in at an athletic 6'4" and 275 pounds, said he thoroughly enjoyed his time on the USC campus, and he learned more in depth about what the Gamecocks have to offer.

"It went real well," said Johnson. "We got in around eleven, and we went up to see Coach Spurrier. Then Coach Spurrier Jr. took me around the campus. He took me to the weight room and the strength coaches took the tour with us. Then we went to see the academic side of things. I talked with their academic counselors and stuff like that. Then they showed us all the new stuff they are doing and all the new gear they've got and all that. It was very good. I enjoyed the visit."

Johnson even bumped into a few of the more highly touted newcomers on the Gamecock roster while in Columbia.

"I saw a few of the current players. I saw a bunch of the incoming freshmen because they're all reporting in. I saw Chris Culliver and Quintin Richardson and some of those other guys."

With an athletic frame to grow into on the next level, Johnson says that the Gamecocks like his versatility along the line.

"Coach John Hunt thinks I can play all the positions, and he‘s going to sort of try me out. He's thinking more of an interior guy I think, but he says I'm also athletic enough I could play tackle."

While a pair of other schools are still alive in the race for Johnson's services, the Gamecocks are emerging as the team to beat, and according to Johnson, he will have a decision made by summer's end.

"I'm still considering Wake Forest and Vandy, but I really like (South Carolina) a lot. They have a lot to offer. I‘m still planning to make a decision by the end of the summer."

Johnson closed by sharing what factors he will ultimately look for when deciding on his college choice.

"Just wherever I feel comfortable at. It's definitely going to be the coaches and where I feel I fit in best with the players and all that too."

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