Trey Johnson Decommits from Auburn: Is Ohio State New Front-Runner for 4-Star?

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIINovember 27, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Not surprisingly, the Auburn Tigers have lost another commitment from its 2013 recruiting class.

Yesterday, 4-star wide receiver JaQuay Williams became the first to decommit after the firing of head coach Gene Chizik (Via ESPN).

Today, 4-star linebacker Trey Johnson has decided to follow suit, according to Kipp Adams of

Two days after the announcement that Auburn had fired head coach Gene Chizik, the Tigers have lost their second commitment in the 2013 class. According to Central Gwinnett head coach Todd Wofford, ESPN 150 linebacker Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) is reopening his recruitment.

Wofford went on to say:

Trey is going to decommit from Auburn today. Trey wants to be fair to himself and to the teams that he has interest in. He isn't going to address Auburn until they name a coach.

This loss really hurts the Tigers' 2013 class, as Johnson is an extremely talented recruit with a ton of potential. He's the No. 3 inside linebacker recruit in the nation according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

What may hurt Auburn the most though is the fact that Johnson has been a longtime commit to the program.

He made his commitment to the Tigers all the way back in August 2011, so the fact that they're losing him now has to be more than disappointing, especially coming off the heels of the 2012 season and the firing of Chizik.

Now that Johnson's commitment has opened back up, which school should be considered to be his new favorite?

Adams does report that Johnson has official visits to Florida and USC coming up, but it's interesting to note that he did officially visit Ohio State this past weekend, and the linebacker did have this to say about OSU, per Adams' report: 

I loved the game atmosphere, facilities and the staff. My dad liked it a lot, too. Linebacker is their priority and I could play there next year.

Ohio State is one of the most prolific college football schools in the nation and it is coached by one of the most prolific college football coaches in the country in Urban Meyer—who went 12-0 in his first season, albeit under a bowl ban.

OSU will be out from under its sanctions next season though, and if its results are anything similar to this year's, there's a good chance the Buckeyes will be one of the top teams in the country in 2013.

And considering Meyer's abilities as a recruiter, it's safe to say Ohio State will be very good for years to come.

Ohio State's 2013 class is void of any linebackers, so Meyer could offer Johnson a premier position in his class.

Johnson could be the star linebacker recruit for one of the most notable programs in the country, and that could end up being a huge selling point for the recruit.

Johnson seemed to really enjoy his visit, and when examining what OSU has to offer the 4-star linebacker, there's truly not much to dislike.

There's still plenty of time in his recruiting process, now that things have opened back up, but it appears as if Ohio State has become a strong front-runner for the 2013 4-star linebacker.

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