Tennessee

Commitment Status:Signed LOI

A.J. Johnson

College Choices

School Interest Offer Visit Recruited by
TennesseeCOMMITTED (09/17/2010)Offered10/23/2010Lance Thompson, Chuck Smith
AlabamaNoneOfferedNoneKirby Smart
ArkansasNoneOfferedNone
AuburnNoneOfferedNoneTracy Rocker
ClemsonNoneOfferedNone
FloridaNoneOfferedNoneD.J. Durkin
Georgia TechNoneOfferedNoneTodd Spencer
IllinoisNoneOfferedNone
MississippiNoneOfferedNone
N. CarolinaNoneOfferedNone
N.C. StateNoneOfferedNone
Oklahoma St.NoneOfferedNone
USCNoneOfferedNoneEd Orgeron

Scouting Report on A.J. Johnson

by Barry Every - 05/31/2010
  • SpeedDivision I Player
  • SizeBlue Chip
  • StrengthBlue Chip
  • AgilityDivision I Player
  • Lateral PursuitDivision I Player
On the Hoof: Johnson looks more like a strongside defensive end than a linebacker. He is physically reminiscent of Prince Shembo from the class of 2010.
Needs Improvement: Johnson has a tendency to play high at the point of attack. He will need to stay lower and become the attacker, not the attacked. He also needs to improve lateral quickness by improving flexibility in the knees and hips if he intends to play linebacker in college.
Most Impressive: Has the perfect size to play linebacker or defensive end at the next level. His body type is very versatile, and he could be used on most special teams. Johnson has the heart of a lion and never gives up on a play. He will pursue the ball all over the field. There is no doubt that he thrives on contact, and that is something you can't coach.
Conclusion: I believe that he will be given a shot at playing linebacker, but like Allen Bailey at Miami he will end up with his hand on the ground. Those schools that passed on him because of mobility issues will regret it, because Johnson will overcome that with his tenacious attitude on the football field.

Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He has worked in the recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina

Latest News

Tide retains top spot in enrolled rankings09/02/2011 Rivals.com Football Recruiting

Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide held on to the top spot in the team rankings after getting their entire 2011 recruiting class enrolled in school. We take a look at the top enrolled classes.

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Tight battle for top spot in team rankings01/21/2011Rivals.com Football Recruiting
Kicker is hero of UA game01/05/2011Rivals.com Football Recruiting
UA matchup: Red RB vs. White LB01/03/2011Rivals.com Football Recruiting
All-star season kicking off12/01/2010Rivals.com Football Recruiting
Johnson says he's solid to the Vols11/29/2010VolQuest.com
Weekend Visitor Notebook I11/14/2010InsidetheGators.com
Official Visitor Preview: 5-star WR due in11/12/2010InsidetheGators.com
Weekend Visitor Notebook I10/11/2010InsidetheGators.com
Video: Johnson makes plays09/22/2010Rivals.com
Johnson re-unites with Vols09/17/2010VolQuest.com
4-star LB takes in Clemson opener09/05/2010TigerIllustrated.com
Johnson hears from Napier, sets up visit09/02/2010TigerIllustrated.com
Newly minted four-star setting official visits08/19/2010InsidetheGators.com
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Florida's Friday Night Lights top performers07/24/2010Rivals.com Football Recruiting
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Gators pull into the lead for linebacker07/24/2010InsidetheGators.com
Tech coaches watch Johnson play05/21/2010JacketsOnline.com
Napier scouts A.J.05/12/2010TigerIllustrated.com
Coaches turning up the heat on Johnson04/29/2010TigerIllustrated.com
Johnson's looking at LSU04/25/2010TigerBait.com
GT making the right moves for Johnson04/22/2010JacketsOnline.com
Georgia LB visits Auburn, will return04/15/2010AuburnSports.com
Day in Clemson goes long way with Johnson03/27/2010TigerIllustrated.com
In the driver's seat03/23/2010TigerIllustrated.com
Johnson enjoys time in Tuscaloosa03/09/2010TideSports.com
Jackets in the mix for top GA linebacker03/05/2010JacketsOnline.com
Peach LB has Tide among favorites03/01/2010TideSports.com
Canes among early top 6 for LB02/12/2010CaneSport.com
Does Johnson still have Vols on his radar?02/09/2010VolQuest.com
Johnson blown away by Tide offer01/31/2010TideSports.com
Elite linebacker enjoys GT junior day01/30/2010JacketsOnline.com
Elite players visit GT for Junior Day01/30/2010JacketsOnline.com
Big news for Clemson01/12/2010TigerIllustrated.com
Gainesville Dome-bound after thriller12/05/2009GAVarsity.com
Video: Johnson Gets It Done11/19/2009Rivals.com
From the Road: Underclassmen stand out11/14/2009Rivals.com Football Recruiting
AMP: A.J. Johnson talks Vols commit10/27/2009Rivals.com Football Recruiting
Sims shocked by head coach's call10/21/2009UGASports.com
Johnson returned the favor10/14/2009VolQuest.com
2011 linebacker is a Vol10/14/2009VolQuest.com
Two-team chase for big-time junior LB10/13/2009TigerIllustrated.com
Video: A.J. Johnson drops the hammer10/09/2009Rivals.com
Video: A.J. Johnson lays the wood09/29/2009Rivals.com
Gainesville High School is loaded09/26/2009UGASports.com
Gainesville hangs 55 on rival09/19/2009GAVarsity.com
Gator weekend recruiting preview09/17/2009InsidetheGators.com
2011 LB has Cowboy offer09/16/2009OStateIllustrated.com
Jackets getting a visit from 2011 LB08/31/2009JacketsOnline.com
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Camp Photo Notebook - Day 306/10/2009UGASports.com
UGA camp preview: Defense06/09/2009UGASports.com
Athens 7on7 Notebook06/04/2009UGASports.com
Top 2011 LB Loves Vols06/04/2009VolQuest.com
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Brunetti, Rettig shine at UT's skills camp06/02/2009VolQuest.com
Gainesville prospects shine in spring05/16/2009GAVarsity.com
AMP: 2011 defender collecting offers05/07/2009Rivals.com Football Recruiting
Clemson offers blue-chip 2011 backer04/30/2009TigerIllustrated.com
Quite the advantage for Clemson04/27/2009TigerIllustrated.com
Athens Nike Camp 2009 Gallery #104/26/2009TigerIllustrated.com
First 'real good' visit04/13/2009TigerIllustrated.com
News and Notes on Georgia Recruiting03/30/2009UGASports.com
Johnson looks good in red and black03/28/2009UGASports.com
Georgia Junior Day Preview - Defense03/20/2009UGASports.com
Video: A.J. Johnson makes plays03/11/2009Rivals.com
Weekend Analysis: Gainesville vs. Chestatee08/31/2008UGASports.com

Stats

Defense
Year TckTFLSck
2008 16094