After decommitting from Florida, 2013 offensive tackle Roderick Johnson says a new handful of…
Florida OT Commit Now "Open"
While opening his recruitment back up was something Roderick Johnson was considering for some time, he says it was the sudden resignation of his main recruiter at Florida, Coach Aubrey Hill, that pushed him to take another look around. "It was something I was thinking about for awhile, but then when Coach Hill left, that's basically what made me open my recruitment back up," Johnson said. "(My commitment is) kind of soft right now, but I just wanted to open my recruitment back up to other colleges. There's nothing bad going on with me and Florida, I just wanted to be open for a little bit." Johnson says at this point, he considers most colleges on an even playing field for his skills. There are a few main ones in the mix, but he admits he's not even sure of all the schools he'll be looking at. "Florida State, Auburn, South Carolina, and Miami, that's about it. At least, I think it is," he said. "I'll take some official visits in the fall, West Virginia, Florida State, and Auburn," he said. Right now, Johnson claims offers from Florida State, Florida, South Florida, UCF, and West Virginia. He's a lifelong Miami fan, but they haven't given him an official offer yet. Auburn has also yet to offer, a school Johnson camped at with his teammate Greg Bryant earlier this summer. "Right now, I don't know, (Auburn hasn't) offered me yet. We've just been talking every once in awhile, but I'm definitely going to keep in contact with (offensive line) Coach (Jeff) Grimes," Johnson said. Auburn has been high on the list of running back Greg Bryant, who recently decommitted from Oklahoma. Johnson says he and Bryant have talked about playing together, but right now it's not a truly serious consideration. "Not much, it's whatever's best for him, it's not going to affect my decision," Johnson said. "We talk about it sometimes, but not like that. It would be great if we both ended up at the same school." Florida State and West Virginia seem to both be out front in the race for Johnson's commitment. He says those are the two schools recruiting him the hardest. "Currently I have (FSU) as one of my leaders, but there isn't really too much to say about Florida State, they offered me, it's a good offer, me and Coach Stoops have built a great relationship with each other," he said. "The coaches really like me (at West Virginia) because I have a couple of friends that go there, so they really want to have me in their program." Johnson adds that he keeps in touch with Florida "every now and then," and he insists he is still committed to the Gators, however "open" that commitment may be.
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