Toby Johnson was one of the last remaining JUCO stars that remained unsigned in the 2013 class. Today, he made his decision known when he chose to sign with the Georgia Bulldogs, according to Radi Nabulsi of ESPN.
Johnson is leaving Hutchinson Community College and heading to play between the hedges after putting together two very strong years at the JUCO level.
He finished his career at Hutchinson C.C. with 87 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss, five sacks and nine pass breakups.
According to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Johnson is the No. 3 defensive tackle and the No. 8 overall JUCO player in the country for 2013. He is 6’5” and 310 pounds.
He was down to Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Georgia and Auburn before he decided to sign with the Bulldogs.
There is a huge need along the line for Georgia despite having a lot of youth at the position, and Johnson saw the opportunity to step in and become a leader at the position this summer and fall.
There are many traits that make Johnson one of the best at his position in the country.
He is very explosive off the ball and can work past double-teams with relative ease.
Few players have his mix of explosiveness and speed. He is as strong as they come along the defensive line, and he plays with a nice nasty streak that wears down his opponent by the end of four quarters.
He has solid top-end speed which helps him perform well in pass-rushing situations. Johnson keeps his pad level low despite having a lot of height to his frame, helping him leverage offensive linemen and plug gaps on rushing downs.
Johnson fell to a knee injury late last year which will likely force a redshirt in his first season, but once he returns to full health he will become one of the best interior linemen in the country.
The Bulldogs lost a lot of talent along the line to the NFL draft this year when Kwame Geathers and John Jenkins departed for the draft.
Georgia needed help, and Johnson saw an opportunity to become a star in the Bulldogs' 3-4 scheme. This was a solid pickup for the Bulldogs and should pay dividends in the future for the Georgia defense.