Analysis by Fox Sports Next’s Chad Simmons: Johnson is a big body who Georgia will put in the middle of their defensive line. He will line up at nose guard for Georgia, and that is the perfect position for him. He needs to continue to add strength, especially upper-body strength, but he has a good base, and he plays until the whistle blows. He is above average athletically for a guy his size and he makes some plays behind the line of scrimmage in high school. To make those plays on the next level or to do the job Georgia wants him to do, he will have to play with better pad level. He will have to be more consistent with his hands and improve his overall technique.
Georgia’s Need by Dawg Post’s Fletcher Page: You can never have enough able bodies on both the offensive and defensive lines – so getting a big-bodied recruit is never a bad thing.
While Georgia will be fine on the defensive front in 2012, the depth is top heavy. Starters Abry Jones and John Jenkins will be gone after next season. Garrison Smith and Kwame Geathers will be seniors (should they return) in 2013. Other than those four players, there isn't much experienced depth at end and nose tackle.
Perhaps a current player (Derrick Lott or Mike Thornton?) will emerge as a capable contributor this fall.
The Bulldogs took a strong step to building depth in the 2012 class by landing John Atkins, James Deloach and Jonathan Taylor.
DeAndre Johnson, all 6-3, 310-pounds of him, will only help to stockpile the size and talent for the battle in the trenches.
A comparison by Dawg Post Publisher Dean Legge: It’s going to be hard to draw a straight-line comparison between Johnson and other former Bulldogs. Immediately he reminds be of Auburn’s Jeff Whitaker, but bigger. He also looks a bit like former Georgia defensive lineman Gerald Anderson. It will be interesting to see where he lines up in the future with Johnathon Taylor signed and in the 2012 class. He sure looks like a nose to me.