Only Georgia's on his Mind
Gilbert Johnson
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Sep 16, 2013
Chad Simmons


Georgia fans did not know much about Gilbert Johnson early in June when he traveled up from Miami to Athens for the Mark Richt Camp. He left UGA that Saturday as a Bulldog commitment and he is excited about the future...

It is all about the University of Georgia for Gilbert Johnson.

He traveled quite a bit this summer with other athletes out of the Miami area, but once he committed to Georgia, he knew his mind was completely made up.

"I made it clear to everyone that I was committed to Georgia," said Johnson. "After I camped at Georgia and committed, I camped at Florida State, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Louisville, and Georgia Tech. I was offered by Tennessee at their camp and I had an offer from Louisville, but I told all of the coaches the same thing - that I was going to Georgia. It is done for me."

The 6-foot-3, 188 pound wide receiver out of Homestead, Fla. did not expect the offer from Georgia to come after the camp, but he was prepared for it if it did.

"I was a little surprised by the offer, but I was going into the camp with it on my mind. I knew I liked Georgia and I knew if I got the offer, then I would commit.

"I showed Georgia what I could do. I showed them ball skills, what type of player I am, what type of player I can be, and how I can fit into their program. They offered me like I wanted them to, so I committed."

It surprised many when the senior out of South Florida committed so quickly to the Dawgs.

Johnson may live 700-plaus miles from the UGA campus, but he has had a close eye on the program for years.

"I liked Georgia coming up and they have been one of my favorite teams. I watched A.J. Green a lot when he was at Georgia and he has always been one of my favorite receivers, so I know if you do your job at Georgia, they will get the ball to you. I like Coach [Tony] Ball (Wide receivers) too, so it was a good decision for me."

Coach Ball has a good set of receivers now that he is developing at Georgia and he is already working with a future pupil of his.

"Coach Ball really talks to me about my game and he is helping me already. He has talked to me about my ball skills, my footwork, playing physical, and things like that. He is a very good coach and I listen to everything he tells me."

The three-star wide receiver is already thinking about his future in Athens. He has made his mind up, he is watching Georgia football games each time he can this fall, and he cannot wait for the opportunity to compete between the hedges.

"It is very exciting knowing that I am going to Georgia, a top school in the SEC," said Johnson. "I will go against top players each week and play for great coaches. I am excited about it.

"The coaches at Georgia are great. I felt at home there, I stay in contact with Coach Ball, and I like what Georgia is about.

"I only see myself taking an official visit to Georgia. Georgia is a good place for me and I am solid in my commitment."

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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