Johnson makes third 2011 commit for Vols

Georgia junior linebacker A.J. Johnson pulled the trigger with an early commitment to the Tennessee Volunteers today. Scout.com confirmed through his high school coach that Johnson is indeed a UT pledge. Stay tuned to InsideTennessee.com who broke the news of Tennessee's third commitment for 2011.

Lane Kiffin declared war on the University of Georgia last weekend.

His first shot was a convincing 45-19 thrashing of the Bulldogs. Then in the locker room with one of the best players from the Peach State in attendance, it's said that he told his team that they would never lose to Georgia while he was the head coach at the University of Tennessee.

He stated in his press conference that Georgia is a key recruiting area for his team and that he and his staff intended to raid it.

That was Saturday, four days later he and his staff picked up a huge commitment from 2011 linebacker A.J. Johnson from Gainesville Georgia. Johnson, expected to be one of the top players in the state, already has nine official offers on his resume.

InsideTennessee.com caught up with Johnson Wednesday evening to get his reaction to his decision.

"I have known for a long time I wanted to be a Volunteer," Johnson said. "They were the first one to offer me, I remembered that."

Johnson attended summer camp at Tennessee this summer and fell in love with the campus and the coaching staff.

He took an unofficial visit Saturday to watch first hand the beat down the Vols issued his home state team.

"I loved the way UT played defense against Georgia," Johnson said. "The Georgia offense never got into the red zone. It was a complete domination by Tennessee over Georgia. I was very impressed by that."

So impressed with what he had witnessed, Johnson wanted to pull the trigger and commit to UT after the game.

"My mom didn't want me to make an emotional decision," Johnson said. "She told me to go home and think about it before making a decision."

The relationship that Johnson had built with Tennessee recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron played a major role in his decision

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"I love Coach O," Johnson said. "He is a great coach. To get coached by the best defensive coordinator in the country in Monte Kiffin and to play for Coach O is something I couldn't pass up."

How did Coach Kiffin react to the news of his newest Vol?

"He was very happy," Johnson explained. "He wants me to get up there as soon as possible."


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