Trey Johnson Details his Upcoming Decision

Miles Joseph's picture
December 29, 2012 at 2:35a

One of the Buckeyes' biggest remaining overall targets in the 2013 class is Lawrenceville (GA) Central Gwinnett LB Trey Johnson. The Buckeyes appear to be in the lead for the former Auburn commit as things stand right now. I briefly spoke to Johnson about his upcoming decision at the Under Armour All-American game, January 4th. Here are the details:

  • On his decision: "I'm deciding at the Under Armour game, January 4th."
  • On Urban Meyer: "I've built a really good relationship with Coach Meyer. I talked to him on Christmas Day."
  • On Luke Fickell: "I have a really strong relationship with him. I got to know him when I went to visit for the Michigan game. He has stopped by my school a few times too."
  • Hats on the table: Ohio State, Florida, Tennessee, Penn State.
  • Schools: "They're all even right now. I feel I'll know which school is right for me the day of my decision."
  • Factors: Chance to play early, relationships with coaches, and campus environment.

Despite Johnson saying all schools are even, I think he favors the Buckeyes. I would be pretty surprised if he didn't announce for OSU on ESPN January 4th. The Buckeyes are desperate for linebackers so a commitment from Johnson, paired with a commitment from Mike Mitchell at the Army Bowl, which is the very next day, would be huge for the Buckeyes. Stay tuned to Eleven Warriors for updates on Johnson and other top recruiting targets.

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RBuck's picture

"Factors: Chance to play early (double check), relationships with coaches (check), and campus environment (check)."
He's a Buckeye.

Long live the southend.

Dayton Buckeye's picture

I think we get both Johnson and Mitchell. I am not crazy about the announcements at the games, but it does give the schools publicity.

BuckeyeAsylum's picture

I wasn't ever crazy about them either... Until there became a reason to be. I'll be watching most of these games for the first time just to see our talent out there and to see some of these pledges come in. Relevance. :D

abrahajc's picture

ESPN will let him commit on their airwaves even if it's not an SEC school he's going to?  Thats nice of them.

CasualBystander's picture

You realize you just sound like a bitter child when you say stuff like this right?

"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured." - Mark Twain

BuckeyeVet's picture

Let's be casual about this, and assume it's part of the normal poking at ESPiN. Nuance is hard to do in print.

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CasualBystander's picture

Oh it's definitely all casual, and I mean absolutely no harm by what I said. I have no bone to pick, but as I am a regular reader of this blog (and quite enjoy doing so) it pains to me to see people say dumb stuff like the post I commented on and make the entire OSU fanbase look bad. ESPN has an interest in boosting their ratings, yes, but the common idea around 11W is that they have it out to get OSU which is something I don't believe to be true. We can all agree the SEC is (currently) the best conference in football, thus they get plenty of coverage. But there are plenty of readers around here that seem to actually believe they are anti-OSU and pro-SEC as if the producers were on a vandetta against the entire University, which is simply not true. It's posts like these that give the fanbase a bad name, because they promote a ludicrous mentality of us against them, doesn't add anything to the general debate, and just generally comes across as stupidity. 
Again, I read 11W everyday, love the website and 95% of the people on it, it just frustrates me to see posts like that. My apologies for stirring the pot. However, thank you to everyone for all of the downvotes, y'all are super duper extra cool. #Nuance

"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured." - Mark Twain

abrahajc's picture

You'd be hard pressed to tell us that the character mark may plays on tv doesn't have a clear anti buck bias. That said if you truly believe that espn is fair and balanced in their cfb coverage then I will respect what you have said, not call your comment dumb or bitter, and agree to disagree.

buckeyedude's picture

ESPiN is as balanced and fair as ABC, CNN, NBC, MSNBC and CBS is. Which is to say that they are not fair and balanced at all. And they make no apologies for it.



chicagobuckeye's picture

I am not one of the bitter fans who thinks that ESPN has an anti-OSU bias, but I do belive that ESPN has a pro-SEC bias. You say its because they are the best conference, but I do put some stock in the belief that the fact that they are teh SEC's network plays a little part in how much coverage they give. I don't know if I've posted this on this site before, but its a good read. I'm not much of a conspiracy theorist, but the writing is pretty good and provides evidence for its reasoning. Give it a read if you have a chance.

CasualBystander's picture

Thanks!! Quite the interesting read actually. While I do find some of the writing to get on the rant-y side, the author does indeed back up some of his claims with evidence. It cannot be disputed that ESPN has a stake in promoting the SEC because of their television contract, however I do not buy the idea that ESPN has the power to influence who wins national championships as the author may suggest. 1. If you win all of your games, you will theoretically have a chance to play for the NC. 2. ESPN only releases one of many rankings lists throughout the year. 3. With the new playoff system being implemented, any team from any conference will have the opportunity to play for a title, conference title or not, and SEC or not. ESPN will cover whatever is hot at the moment (does anyone actually believe Te'o deserved the Heisman, or that Tevow is worth his weight in poop?). I fall short of believing that "ESPiN" are the spin artists people make them out to be, and they have any agenda to push other than attracting viewers to their network. Yes, they may highlight some games more than others, but it is for viewership, not because they are a "biased" network. Just my opinion, and as I have said before, to each his own.

"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured." - Mark Twain

abrahajc's picture

My apologies for making a joke. I'll run all my material by you before publishing anything. In the spirit of the holidays lets all do each other a favor and think twice before calling others bitter and childish. My comment was intended to be harmless and poke fun and what is a clear bias from the wwl. I think we as buck fans all know that we can change that bias with a nice run of 4 or 5 championships this decade.
Happy new year

CasualBystander's picture

You are certainly entitled to your opinion, and you certainly don't have to run your ideas by ANYONE before posting them here. 11W is an open forum, and MOST people here encourage the free flow of ideas (except those who think any non pro-OSU comment deserves a downvote). Friendly debate is to be both expected and encouraged. However, blatant homerism to the point of sounding deranged adds nothing to the conversation. Calling Mark May an assclown, cool. Claiming an entire sports network is biased against OSU, delusional. 
I never intended for this to become a big deal, and this is not a personal attack against you ABRAHAJC, it is more a statement against your stated idea, joking or not. It was not helpful, it was not funny, it was bitter and childish, and I stand by my previous comment.
Happy New Year to you as well.

"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured." - Mark Twain

tennbuckeye19's picture

His announcing for OSU live on ESPN is actually a good thing for ESPN. OSU moves the needle, whether it's positive or negative information or coverage. Lots of people love them, and lots of people love to hate them.

Hayze's picture

Besides the obvious (him saying relationships are important, then raving about relationships with our coaches), I think Florida is out as they have pretty much solidified their LB class, and most thought the only threat to OSU after Florida was Tennessee. Some Tenneessee insiders thought that IF Johnson didn't announce at the AA game and visited Tenn they'd have at least a shot (but maybe not a great one). The fact that he's announcing at the game tells me all I need to know.
Personally, I'm still under the impression that both Johnson and Mitchell have been silents since their visits and are announcing at the AA games to create goof publicity for OSU.

buck-I.8's picture

Word over at 247 is that Mitchell is rethinking his decision to commit at the game, so watch that situation, as things may change.
Kurelic over at bucknuts thinks everything Trey Johnson says in interviews is just "saying the right thing" and he has no doubt that OSU will be the school that he chooses.

DMcDougal24's picture

Farrell just tweeted not long ago tonight that he heard Mitchell and Stevens are announcing at Army Bowl Saturday, but he will try to confirm. Best for Bucks obviously if he decides on Saturday

buck-I.8's picture

If he decides saturday, he's all buckeye. If he pushes it back, you get into the 11th hour hometown type stuff, and that's where it gets muddy for our chances. Either way, I like him to be a buck, but I like Johnson a little better when it comes to who will end up in the class.

Poison nuts's picture

Damn, I hope the suspense ends Saturday with a commitment from Mitchell...I understand it's huge decision, but it would start to look bad for OSU were it to be pushed back even further. As Buck-I.8 said above, it would be a indicator that a school closer to home has a better shot than we thought, since everyone here believes he's basically a lock at this time.
I can't imagine being a sought after recruit being constantly hounded by coaches, reporters, & fans - having everyone promising this & that & getting in your head day in & day out. Must be pretty crazy...

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A local TV channel down here in Tampa ran a brief segment over the weekend on Florida's prospective 2013 recruits and Johnson wasnt listed among them. At least I don't recall hearing his name mentioned. You'd figure he'd be a hot target or at least would be mentioned. Take that FWIW. They mentioned the Florida OL leaving the team more than they did anything else.

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danavh4's picture

Mitchell and Johnson would be a huge weekend.  Their verbals on main stages...national television would boast huge for those on the fence..V. Bell?  I'll definitely have a long week waiting for those grey boxes!

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weimerad's picture

There apparently were some reports saying that he is now wavering on announcing at the UA game on Friday, that he wants to slow things down a little bit.  Any truth to that?

Citrus's picture

I have never been married (engaged once), but I have seen plenty of movies in which people get married. Being that movies are 100% reality - it is as if I know more about getting married than a married person.

Anyway, you can be sooooo in love with a girl. She can be perfect in every way. However, when it is time for that big day- cold feet are common. Sure, you'll have some second thoughts and may even voice those to your buddies. In the end you man up and tell the little voices to shut up, put on that penguin suit and act like your bride-to-be looks hotter in a white flowing dress than she did in that skimpy bikini when you met her on spring break.

This is no different. It is tough for young guys to commit even when things are perfect but Mitchell will on that big date and enjoy a honeymoon that includes hoisting a crystal football.