COMMITTED: Catching Up with Trey Johnson

By Miles Joseph on January 14, 2013 at 8:00p

Heading into the 2013 season, the Buckeyes have a couple of holes to fill at the linebacker position.

With starters Etienne Sabino and Zach Boren lost to graduation, in addition to top backup Storm Klein exhausting his eligibility, Ohio State is looking for players to step up and occupy the open spots next to Ryan Shazier.

Johnson has a chance to see a lot of playing time in 2013

The Buckeyes worked towards filling those needs a little over a week ago by scoring a couple of linebacker commitments at the high school all-star games.

Lawrenceville (GA) Central Gwinnett LB Trey Johnson kicked things off by committing to the Buckeyes on national television at the Under Armour All-America Game and just a day later LB Mike Mitchell committed to Urban Meyer at the US Army All-American Bowl, giving OSU two talented players who could potentially see the field right away.

At 6-2/220, the Under Armour All-American Johnson was a longtime Auburn commit, but things changed a bit when it became a foregone conclusion that Gene Chizik would be fired. He made his decommitment public once Chizik was officially shown the door, and opened things up to a handful of programs.

Johnson made his first and only official visit when he traveled to Columbus to take in the Ohio State-Michigan game, falling in love with the university on the visit.

The four-star prospect was planning on taking officials to Florida, Penn State, and USC before deciding, but canceled those visits once it became clear that Ohio State was the best fit for him.

We caught up with Johnson to get the scoop on why he became a Buckeye, his relationships with the coaches, and more.

You committed to Ohio State at the Under Armour Game. Why did you decide to become a Buckeye?

It was just the atmosphere in Columbus. I had a really good relationship with the coaching staff, I felt at home when I visited, and I have a good chance to play early if I come in ready.

How long did the coaches know you were going to be a Buckeye?

They didn't know for too long. I was talking to Coach Meyer though and he told me I should do it at the Under Armour All-America Game, so I did it there.

Were you pretty sure you'd be a Buckeye after your visit?

Yeah, I kind of knew that's where I wanted to be when I was on the visit. I just didn't want to rush my decision, so I waited until I knew I was sure.

Did you hang out with any of the Ohio State commits at the UA game?

I hung out with Jalin Marshall and Joey Bosa the most. I got to meet all of the other guys too.

Which linebacker position are you planning to play at OSU?

I'm not sure. The coaches told me that I could play any of the positions, so they want to see where I fit in when I come up.

What was the biggest factor in your decision?

The biggest factor was probably just the different feeling I got when I went up there for my visit.

What kind of relationship do you have with Coach Meyer and Coach Fickell?

I have a really good relationship with Coach Meyer. I talk to him almost every day. I have a good relationship with Coach Fickell, too. We talk a lot and he has been to my school to visit me a couple of times.

Do you have relationships with any other recruits from the state of Georgia?

The only one I've really talked to is Raekwon McMillan, but we all kind of know who each other are.

What would you like to say to Buckeye Nation?

I'm ready to come in and play. Go Bucks!



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ODEEZ330's picture

Love it. Confirms meyer tild him to commit at ua game n talking to the chef!!!! Yes!!!! #galbs2tosu

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Killer nuts's picture

Yeah, it was cool to hear him validate the theory that many of us debated in these forums about whether Urban advises guys to commit at the all star games. Like I said a few weeks ago I think it's a brilliant recruiting strategy to gain more exposure 

Drewbuckeye's picture

Awesome! I can't wait to see him on the field. 

Deuces Wild's picture

I cannot wait to see Trey lay some guys out these next several years! Somebody write it down.....he is going to make a hit in a National Championship that knocks a ball loose and turns the game for the good guys!!!

KillerNut's picture

False. The fumble may seal a win, but a turn around implies that the Buckeyes were not, in fact, winning at the time. 

Deuces Wild's picture

I'm going to say that's not entirely true......maybe the game will be a tie at that time. Not losing AND not winning. Not playing bad, just not playing good enough to be winning at that time. Trey caused the fumble and "BAM" they have a spark and the game goes NUTZ from there and we win be 20+!!
......yeah that's how I meant it! Ha!

bassplayer7770's picture

Really excited about Trey. Welcome to Buckeye Nation!

BuddhaBuck's picture

IMO Trey's highlight tape reminds me of (a taller) Brian Rolle and a little bit of RDS... Can't wait to see him on the field.

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WC Buckeye's picture

Speaking for those of us who attended OSU, I know what he is describing with respect to the feeling one gets when walking onto campus for the very first time. You just know it's right. Shoot, I was just an engineering wannabe - not a potential scholar-athlete - and I felt it.
Welcome to Ohio State, young man. Make an impression.

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buck-I.8's picture

My first tour was on 20 degree day in January, and the second I set foot on the oval, I knew I was home.

Crimson's picture

My recruitment visit was late March/early April when it was abnormally warm, and there were hundreds or thousands of people on the oval.  I'm not sure if they make a point to schedule something for prospective athletes when it's supposed to be warm, but I'm sure that seeing waves of girls in bikinis doesn't hurt our chances with recruits.

KillerNut's picture

As a student currently making my college choice, campus at OSU is just beautiful. However, for my personal taste and benefits I'm doing my Undergrad work at a small school. 

bassplayer7770's picture

I started at a branch campus (by choice).  When it was time for me to move to main campus, I admit I was nervous.  The first day was a learning experience, and I was late for my first class, but I ended up loving it on main campus.

WC Buckeye's picture

Hope you'll go to CBUS for grad school, then. Best wishes!

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WC Buckeye's picture

I still get that feeling every time I visit campus, which since I live in CA isn't nearly often enough, sadly.

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Dougger's picture

I visited on a real cold january day. we were walking past the oval when i saw the 'boss dog' cart for the first time by the science library. as we walked by i said "are you the boss?" and the vendor said "no, tony danza is"
and at that point i said yep this is where i wanna be.

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Rapping Bum's picture

Urban is the man.

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farmerbuck's picture

Can't wait to see this kid on the field in S&G!! Go Bucks!!

You have to hate losing more than you love winning! GO BUCKS!!

NJ_BUCKEYE's picture

Yea I think he is the most likely of any of the freshman to get a shot to start right away.  He looked good at the UA game too.  On the first series he ran that RB down behind the line, catching him by the jersey!

NJ_BUCKEYE's picture

Johnson & Mitchell are going to be a beast of a pair of LB once they both get on the field.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

You just knew that those recruits attending The Game had to be completely blown away by the atmosphere of it all!!!

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Dougger's picture

i really really enjoyed The Game, but I have to be honest, I thought it would be a lot more electric and crazy. Right next to south endzone block o, it just didn't seem everyone wanted to scream their heads off - i was waiting for that day for a year, so maybe internally i had a high standard that couldn't be matched. thoughts? 

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Hovenaut's picture

Good follow up....can't wait to see him and Mitchell (with RDS) in action.

rjsmitty's picture

When I watched the vid all I could think about was "Here comes the boom!!"

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UrbanWoodrowEarlTressel's picture

Thanks for not typing "after the jump" ... I always get annoyed when reading an interview story and the writer says something like 'join us after the jump for more', or whatever. Refreshing to not see that

KillerNut's picture

I'm soon glad I'm not the only one who gets annoyed by that. Upvote to you sir

sidz-z's picture

Should have asked him when Raekwon McMillan is going to commit opening the flood gates from Georgia. 

Good player's make the play's they're suppose to, great player's make the play's they're NOT !!!

cinserious's picture

Tre Johnson will man the middle lb position and Mitchell takes the
Outside lb spot.

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Alex's picture

actually they're looking at Johnson for outside and Mitchell for middle when they get on campus...that could always change but that's the case right now