Johnson pulls trigger

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New Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones hosted his first official visitor in his coaching tenure prior to the weekend in the form of three-star wide receiver prospect Lemond Johnson.

The 5-foot-11, 190 pound athlete was committed to the Auburn Tigers, but after talking it over with his family Sunday flipped to the Vols.

"Coming home and talking it over with my parents we didn't want to waste any time since I want to early enroll," Johnson told InsideTennessee. "Tennesse was such a great place and I had a blast on my visit. I knew it was the right place for me."

Johnson raved about his visit to the Vols, which is what pushed things in favor of Jones and the Vols.

"It was a really good visit," Johnson told InsideTennessee. "I had a great time there. It seems like a place that I could see myself. Knoxville has a bit of a city feel and a nice place to be."

Butch Jones has snagged his first commitment of the 2013 class as the Vols head coach.
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With 4.5 40-yard-dash speed, Johnson could fit at a number of places on the Vols roster including receiver or defensive back. He got a chance to meet with the Vols new headman and assistant coach Willie Martinez.

"Coach Jones was a really nice guy," he said. "He seems really laid back and easy to get along with. I got to meet with the coach Martinez a little bit to over the two days. He was cool too."

Johnson, who reports a 3.0 core GPA, says the facilities at Tennessee blew him away along with various programs offered to players off the football field.

"The facilities were really nice there and their programs outside of football were good too," he said. "They have an NFL program there and the Vol for Life program too. My education and life after football are important so that stuff was good."

Another selling point for Johnson — the atmosphere amongst Tennessee players that has created a tight-knit group of Vols.

"I stayed with Marlin (Lane)," Johnson said. "He was a cool guy. We didn't talk too much about football — just chilled and had a good time. The players have a real family atmosphere."

Johnson added that his football-knowledge base has been paramount in creating opportunities on the field.

"My speed and my knowledge of the game help me a lot," he said. "I am always playing fast and doing things no one has seen because I know the game."

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