Trey Johnson Makes 20

By Alex on January 4, 2013 at 8:35p

Even though he was committed to Auburn since August 2011, Ohio State continued to pursue Lawrenceville (GA) Central Gwinnett LB Trey Johnson.

That persistence paid off, as Johnson verbally pledged for the Buckeyes at the Under Armour All-Amerca Game, after taking an official visit to Columbus for The Game back in November and shortly after decommitting from the Tigers following Gene Chizik's dismissal. 

The 6-2/220 Johnson is rated as a consensus four-star prospect and is ranked as the third best inside linebacker in the nation, according to the 247 Composite Rankings. He chose the Buckeyes over Auburn, Florida, and USC, but also had offers from Penn State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Oregon, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Tennessee, and many other top programs.

Johnson is expected to provide immediate help to a linebacker group that will look to replace two starters, as it loses Zach Boren and Etienne Sabino for next season. He is likely going to play on the outside versus the middle in college, and if he is talented enough to learn all of MIKE, WILL, and SAM, there could be a legitimate opportunity for him to see the field in big-time minutes next season.

We will look to catch up with Trey to hear his thoughts on joining Buckeye Nation, so stay tuned to 11W for that and more on the Ohio State recruiting trail.



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Buckeye06's picture


Baroclinicity's picture

Yeah, don't do that.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Buckeye06's picture

Ehh I'm good; I've never been first to comment on a post and I figured Alex had this one ready to go so I was excited to get in on it
TJ made a great play earlier so happy to have him at The Ohio State (University)

TMac's picture

Welcome to the Buckeyes, Trey!

ONE Not Done!

jmoody's picture

I really enjoy having Uban as a coach.

"Did you push yourself to be great today? If you didn't do it you lost a day. We ain't got many days to lose. We're going to push your a$$ like its never been pushed because what you've got in you were going to find out" UFM

BrooklynBuckeye's picture

Great news! Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Trey! Hopefully you still get to beat up on SEC teams in January!

Buckeyes125's picture

BUCKEYE!! Hell yeah great get on a posiston of great need!

Ohio State Ombre's picture

huge! was having a little grey box good news getting this guy

Rapping Bum's picture


Help is on the way.

LouGroza's picture

Start a string of gray boxes right here. Welcome Trey!

Royball's picture

Damn Alex that was fast. Can't wait to see him play

4-6 seconds of relentless effort

Unky Buck's picture

We've been waiting for this news for awhile. So excited to finally see it come to fruition

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

SilverBulletNYC's picture


The South will NOT rise again!

buckeye76BHop's picture

Good stuff...welcome Trey

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Urbstache's picture

URBTOPIA! Let's goooooooo!

Urban Warfare

BuckGuy003's picture

Knew it! Go Bucks!

ATXbucknut's picture

It's party time.

Troy0782's picture

If I could vote you would most definitely have mine, sir. Well played.

ToothBuck's picture

OMG best GIF ever!!! hahahahaha

osubuckeye4life's picture

Huge pickup at a position of need. Also, he was offered by pretty much everyone under the sun. Committed to Auburn but because of Chizik's meltdown looked elsewhere However, Urban Assault flipped him and closed the deal. 
Welcome to the Buckeye family Troy!!!!!

Triv's picture

Expected, but still awesome

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

DefendOhio's picture

Thank you Gene Chizik! 

droessl's picture

Waiting to post a grey box? Ain't nobody got time for that!

ohst8buxCP's picture

Great start to the weekend!!! Hopefully we can keep up the momentum.

Jugdish's picture

Never doubt Urban.

Remember to get your wolverine spayed or neutered. TBDBITL

Junior Samples's picture

I'm so happy, I can't even feel my arms!


Hell to the yeah baby!!!

bukyze's picture

Hopefully the first of a few more gray boxes this weekend.  Welcome to THE Ohio State University Trey !!!

brylee's picture

Georgia pipeline is open!

unknownmusketeer's picture

Coach Meyer seems to be installing a second pipeline with the size of recruits that are coming.

wibuckeye's picture

Welcome Trey, I was a little worried with the color of your footwear that you would go to Florida. Great decision, welcome!


BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Welcome to THE Ohio State University Trey! We share your enthusiasm!

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Buckifan4Life's picture

Sooooweeet! The grey box is back!

Kevbo714's picture

Welcome, Trey!  Let's go Bucks!

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

SilverBulletNYC's picture

You sir are a gentleman and a scholar.

The South will NOT rise again!

Phillips.449's picture

YAY!!! Freaking awesome!!!!

dsavoca77's picture

Linebacker U 

Bucksfan's picture

General Urban's march to the sea runs through Georgia.

labuck's picture

Welcome Trey!

Nick's picture

Vonn Bell too please 

Jangs78's picture

Ive been waiting for this grey box for a loooong time!
Go Bucks, big weekend ahead!

Poison nuts's picture

All good things to those who wait...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

AngryWoody's picture

I love that we are getting all of these guys out of the south

Our Honor Defend!

bhardy22132's picture

welcome to buckeye nation! O-H!!!

BuckeyeVet's picture

I - O !!!!
Great to have him!

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

"The recipient of Oyster's ONLY down vote".

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Oh HEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL YEA!!! Welcome aboard the Buckeye Train Trey - next stop, the National Championship Game!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

buckeyebart's picture

First of many new buckeyes to come in the next several weeks !!!
OH      Trey

buckeye76BHop's picture

That is a wonderful avatar sir:-)

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Sin City Buckeye's picture

What a great get!!!! Kid seems to have a great personality as well as mad skillset!!!

Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."---Former Buckeye Coach Mike Vrabel

CowCat's picture

Happy gray box!
Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Mr. Johnson!

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

fansince1968's picture

Welcome Trey! Love the grey box!

BSTP DeCon's picture

Aesome get and I'm mad excited!!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Jason Priestas's picture

Great photo from ESPN (click to embiggen):

unknownmusketeer's picture

His mom looks incredibly happy.

jkrk's picture

And dad looks proud!

Joe4's picture

I enjoyed this news almost as much as it looks like his mom did!

popeurban's picture

Jason, I missed the announcement, will there be video?

osubuck57's picture

Bring on the Grey Boxes!! Hopefully 2 more tomorrow!! Welcome to Buckeye Nation Trey!!


biggy84's picture

Welcome to the family, Trey! 

Citrus's picture

I bet this post was precanned just waiting to be posted. Get Mitchell and Quick's posts ready too. Hell, I am going to write a celebration post now for those two so I can copy and paste tomorrow.

BuckeyeRick's picture

Welcome Trey! We're proud to have you. Though, the first thing Urban needs to do, is get you a hat that fits!

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Hell yeah!!  Just the start of a great finish. 
Here's a lil bit of what Bourival of ESPN had to say:
"With Urban Meyer bringing in a strong defensive front built to make holes for the linebackers to run through, and with Ryan Shazier helping him along next year, Johnson could be a once-in-a-decade type of player who quickly makes a name for himself."

703Buckeye's picture

"once-in-a-decade type of player"

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

703Buckeye's picture

I really wish these downvoters would show their faces. What was so bad about my post? I really hope no one is getting butthurt over politics on here.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

Buckeye06's picture

I had 45 downvotes for being first and saying woohooo..don't feel bad haha
just relax and enjoy having Johnson on the good guys

Triv's picture

That's because saying "first" is clearly laid out in the commenting policy as things not to do

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

CC's picture

I was one of them.  The reason I did it was because you posted something political (of either persuasion) and because I can't stand when people post pictures that aren't relative to the topic.
IMO the pic of the ceremony is ok, the image you posted just took up space. 

703Buckeye's picture

There was nothing political about it, you just choose to see it that way.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

buck-I.8's picture

Umm no one cares if you don't like pictures that don't apply directly. Downvoting something because "i dont like it" is one of the exact things discussed by the staff when we talk about gratuitous downvoting. Nothing about that was political. It was a meme. Please try to have an open mind.

toad1204's picture


Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

gosolow2000's picture

TGIF, what a way to start the weekend!

Drewbuckeye's picture

I am so pumped up! Great get for our team!

ellspar's picture

What a way to start the weekend! Now rooting for Oklahoma to beat TAMU

CPBuckeye's picture

Very glad he's a Buckeye! Welcome to the family Trey! Let's keep the ball rollin'!

BME_Buckeye's picture

Oooo this is what a gray box is! Well its nice to see Trey Johnson with one. Welcome to THE Ohio State University! 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


buckz4evr's picture

"THE Ohio State Buckeyes"!!  Love ya man!!

rdubs's picture

This is so true:

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I walked into Max and Erma's tonight right at the moment where they were sitting with him.  Standing in line in the lobby, I saw him pull out the Buckeye hat.  I wasn't sure who it was at the time, but I did a little fist pump in line.  Then I got on my phone and went right to 11W, and the gray box was up already.  Damn that was fast.  And I'm pumped about this signing - great player at a position of need.

Class of 2010.

Dougger's picture

i swear to god i checked twitter and either 11w or alex tweeted "trey is at the podium, here's the announcement" and my phone died!!! very glad to hear this is how it turned out!! YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH go buckeyes!!!!! 1 down several to go!!!!

I like football

Crimson's picture

Love to see Trey pop out of the grey box!  I can't wait for more tomorrow, hopefully with a great present inside each.
Welcome to the Buckeye family, Trey!

Buckeyefan52's picture

Hopefully a start to a gray-box filled weekend! Welcome Trey!

Silverbuck8's picture

Love the anticipation as they reach for that hat and realistically knowing the Bucks stand a great chance.

ToothBuck's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation Trey!!!!!

JPBucks3's picture

Waking up at 5 am to watch the under armour game was completely worth it now!! Welcome trey to Buckeye nation!!