Different things are important to different prospects.
One former Tennessee commitment fell in love with the previous coaching staff. Now, A.J. Johnson of Gainesville, Georgia, is still affording the new Vol coaching staff the opportunity to woo him.
“There is a chance I would still like to go to Tennessee,” Johnson told InsideTennessee.com this week. “I just don’t know the new coaching staff as well as I did the old one. It’s not their fault; it will just take time to rebuild that relationship.”
In the meantime there are other coaching staffs trying to make up ground on the Volunteers.
“Right now I would have to say Clemson and Florida are two schools I really like a lot,” Johnson said. “The new coaching staff at Tennessee is recruiting me hard; they are still in the running for my services. I haven’t stopped considering them.”
One reason that Johnson may like the Tigers and the Gators are the fact those campuses are close to his hometown.
“I like how close to home they are,” Johnson acknowledged. “I really know those two coaching staffs really well.”
There is another school that is getting Johnson’s attention.
“Coach (Ed) Orgeron and Coach (Lane) Kiffin want me to take a visit to USC,” Johnson said. “I will definitely take a visit out there for sure. I’m going to summer camp at Penn State and at Miami.”
According to Chad Simmons, the Southeast recruiting expert for Scout.com, the sky is the limit for this talented four-star linebacker.
“Johnson is a talented and versatile linebacker," Simmons said. "He could play inside or outside LB on the next level or could develop into a rush end as well. He plays with a lot of energy, he is a very aggressive player, and he hits with power behind his pads.”