By Keith McGonigle.
AJ Johnson, the 6’3” 225 lbs. middle linebacker from Gainesville, Florida, has been one of the Tiger’s targets this off-season. AJ had been looking at five plus schools but now has narrowed his choices down to 3, “Clemson, Florida, and Tennessee in no particular order.”
Many prospects that are as heavily recruited as AJ will focus just on football, but the prize recruit has been attending both football and basketball camps this summer.
“The summer has been good; I have been playing a lot of football and basketball. I attended basketball camp at Clemson, Georgia Tech and Georgia. I am about to go play some 7-7 tournaments in West Georgia next week,” said Johnson.
The All-American plays power forward for his high school team and at his visit to Clemson with his basketball team he talked to the Clemson coaches.
“They were basically just seeing what I was up to and how I was doing,” said Johnson.
How would AJ rank certain criteria for each school?
Coaching Staff: “I am cool with the whole coaching staff at Clemson, at Florida my whole family and I have a real good relationship with coach Durkin, Tennessee coaching staff is new so I am still getting used to them. So Clemson and Florida would be top then Tennessee.”
Atmosphere/Fans: “Tennessee, then Florida, then Clemson”
Location/Town Itself: “You can’t beat Florida, good weather and you’re close to the beach.”
Academics: “Not sure really but probably Clemson is best, I know Florida has a really high graduation rate though.”
Ability to start right away: “Clemson”
Most comfortable: “Tennessee”
Most important factor: “I’m trying to work something out where a school will be able to take me and my brother Nick (attends Georgia Military College). If that’s not possible I am going to take my official visits and then decide after that based on where I feel the most comfortable.”
AJ is not making the decision by himself, his family visits all the schools with him and he has a teacher from school that helps with the academic side, and his coach who helps him with the football side.