Johnson still with UT but interested in UF


Gainesville, Ga., linebacker and Tennessee commit A.J. Johnson has always had some sort of interest in Florida. He came away from last July’s Friday Night Lights camp with the Gators leading for his services and seemed ready to commit if given the chance.

However, Johnson, who was originally committed to Tennessee, decided to go with the Volunteers in mid-September. Monday, Johnson said he’s still a “strong” verbal to UT, but is happy to see that new Florida coach Will Muschamp retained linebackers coach D.J. Durkin.

“I’m still the same with Tennessee, but Coach Durkin was the big reason I was liking Florida so much,” Johnson said.

Even after committing to Tennessee, Johnson made it back to Gainesville to check out a game. Johnson was recruited by Florida’s previous staff as more of a defensive end.

Johnson hasn’t spoken with Muschamp and isn’t sure if he’ll visit Florida before National Signing Day, but as a defensive guy, he likes the Muschamp hire.

“It helps a lot with the team because you gotta have defense and you have a defensive coach,” he said. “I know the defense will be stronger.”


  1. well this should be perfect, mushchamp dosent want as many little/fast d-linemen and AJ[225lbs] has speed to burn and his momma LOVES the gators. he would be very nice replacment for r.shazier[205lbs] who decommited because he is built like a safty, not a big LB. this dude is GOOD! and to put the cherry on top, he is commited to TENN, how sweet would it be to steal a potintal all-SEC type player from those losers

  2. Thanks for your updates, Ed! Hope you take time to enjoy yourself a little, too. You’re a hard-working man! I like everything about the Will Muschamp hire and the coaching hires he’s making. Our new staff is hitting the calendar at precisely the right time to add a jolt of enthusiasm for the Gators among these recruits. My hunch is that we hang on to maybe 14 or our 15, or all of them, and add about 10-12 that put us near the top again nationally. Probably a few top-level surprises, too. How’s it look for your perspective?