Vols to get second shot at Johnson's pledge

One former 2011 Tennessee commitment apparently will give the Vols' new coaching staff a chance of re-earning his pledge. Georgia linebacker A.J. Johnson from Gainesville committed to the former UT coaching staff last fall. It appears Johnson will give Derek Dooley and his new coaching staff a chance to re-earn his pledge. Go "Inside" for the latest on Johnson's recruitment.

One former 2011 Tennessee commitment apparently will give the Vols' new coaching staff a chance of re-earning his pledge.

Georgia linebacker A.J. Johnson from Gainesville committed to the former UT coaching staff last fall.

After their departure to USC, Johnson has received some attention from the new coaching staff and has decided to take his time and give Coach Derek Dooley and his staff a chance to regain his commitment.

"I really love the campus and the atmosphere at the University of Tennessee," Johnson told InsideTennessee.com in an interview this week. "I really want to go back there and visit and get to know the new coaching staff."

It appears that Johnson's fondness of the school is what's fueling him to give Tennessee another shot at his services.

"I was really close to the other staff," Johnson said. "I couldn't believe it when they left. If I get the same feeling that I did with the last staff after I meet the new guys, Tennessee has a chance of getting my commitment again."

Johnson got the chance to attend a couple of games last fall and also participated in one of the Vols summer camps.

"I love the game day atmosphere at Tennessee," Johnson explained. "We will just have to wait and see how I get along with the new staff."

Johnson plans on taking an unofficial visit to Rocky Top in the next two or three weeks.

Johnson recently received another official offer from a staff he is already familiar with, Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron now at USC.

"They are recruiting me really hard and want me to come out West," Johnson said. "It's a great school with a great tradition."


Inside Tennessee Top Stories