Andrew Johnson

Tift County linebacker Andrew JOhnson talks West Virginia visit

Tift County pass rusher Andrew Johnson drew some lofty comparisons from the West Virginia coaches during a visit last week.

Tifton (GA) Tift County linebacker Andrew Johnson doesn’t have any shiny stars next to his name (yet), but his offer list reads like a who’s who of college football. From Alabama to Oregon and nearly everyone in between has reportedly offered the 2018 prospect, and that includes West Virginia, who visited him last week.

“The (defensive coordinator Tony Gibson) and Coach (Doug) Belk visited me the other day,” said the 6-foot-2, 222-pounder. “They couldn’t really talk during the visit, but I message with them once a day. They tell me that they really like my film and that they really want me to come to West Virginia.”

Johnson has never been to Morgantown, but he first took notice of the Mountaineers thanks to their hard-hitting defenders and says he has followed them ever since.

“I know they always got a couple of guys that I really like,” said Johnson. “I was a big fan of Karl Joseph and K.J. Dillon. I like the way they play, and that’s what really got me watching.”

Although those two are hybrid linebackers in the sense that they were safeties for the most part, Johnson says the staff sees him as a versatile player in the mold of another former Mountaineer star.

“They see me like a hybrid pass rusher,” said Johnson. “They say I remind them of Bruce Irvin.”

At this point, Johnson says he has no favorites and he intends to visit several schools this summer, and then take all five official visits in the fall. He hopes to make a decision “probably close to the end of my senior year.” 

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