Johnson talks OL coach opening with WVU

ATHENS – Georgia tight ends coach David Johnson has discussed the West Virginia offensive line vacancy with new WVU head coach Bill Stewart.

Johnson, who has been the tight ends coach at Georgia since 2001, discussed the opening with Stewart in Morgantown, a person close the situation confirmed this afternoon. While Johnson has not yet accepted any position, West Virginia is willing to pay Johnson more money, and Johnson is a West Virginia native.

Johnson has developed a string of tight ends for the NFL while in Athens. Randy McMichael, Martrez Milner, Leonard Pope and Benjamin Watson – all tight ends under Johnson, were drafted since 2001.

Johnson was a candidate for the offensive line position at Georgia after Neil Callaway left the program to become head coach at Alabama-Birmingham in 2007, but Stacy Searles was selected for that spot instead.

Johnson has strong ties to the state of West Virginia. While at WVU Johnson was a four-year letterwinner. He then served as a graduate assistant at that school from 1984-85. From 1997-2000, Johnson served as the Recruiting Coordinator, tight ends and offensive line coach for in-state Marshall.

Georgia spokesman Claude Felton did immediatly not return a phone message.

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