Tennessee picks up HUGE 2011 Commit

BREAKING NEWS: Tennessee picked up a huge 2011 commitment in New Orleans Friday morning when O.P. Walker defensive end Anthony Johnson made his pledge to the Vols. Johnson is expected to be one of the state's best overall athletes in 2011. Go inside to see what Johnson had to say about his commitment to Tennessee.

The state of Louisiana has always been good to Ed Orgeron and Frank Wilson.

Wilson returned to his former high school O.P. Walker in New Orleans where he was head coach, to snag one of the Bayou's best players in 2011.

Defensive end Anthony Johnson confirmed with InsideTennessee.com Friday morning that he had indeed made his decision.

"I'm a Vol," Johnson said. "It just feels like home. I have known Coach Frank forever; he is like family to me. It's the right fit for me. I know I will be coached by the best defensive line coach in the country with Coach O."

Johnson will be a junior this season and impressed Scout.com experts with his performance earlier in the month at a combine.

According to Chad Simmons, Southeast Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com, Johnson definitely left a solid impression.

"Johnson was a beast on the field on Sunday. After measuring in, he tested well in the shuttle (4.8) and 40 yard dash (5.1) for a guy his size," Simmons said. "From there, he showed agility and lateral movement in the positional drills before just using sheer strength to beat his man in the one on one session. Johnson needs to work on his first step and use of hands, but he will be one of the top defensive linemen in the South region come 2011. He has the tools to be elite and we expect him to be."

InsideTennessee.com will have a more in-depth feature story on Johnson in the weeks to come.

Inside Tennessee Top Stories