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Andalusia, Ala., linebacker Nico Johnson, one of the country’s top uncommitted players, told the AJC he plans at watch Alabama play Clemson at the Georgia Dome on Saturday night. Johnson, a member of the AJC’s The Super Southern 100, said he is going with friends to the game. Neither Alabama or Clemson are allowed to provide recruiting tickets because it’s being played at a neutral site. Johnson denied he is leaning heavily toward Alabama, saying he has no favorites. However, the only summer camp Johnson attended was at Alabama, and watching the Crimson Tide on Saturday night will be his first college game of the year. Something else playing in Alabama’s favor is that it has no commitments at linebacker yet, while other competing schools such as Auburn has five and Georgia has three.
Linebacker Nico Johnson of Andalusia, Ala., one of the nation's top prospects, has said he will reconsider Georgia's scholarship offer if the Bulldogs coaches let him know he's still wanted. Earlier this summer, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Johnson said he got the understanding that Georgia had withdrawn its scholarship offer after three other linebackers committed to the Bulldogs. When pressed on where he got that information on Tuesday night, Johnson said, "One of my friends told me that. They either heard or read that Georgia was full at linebacker and not going to sign any more. So I guess I believed it." Georgia coaches are not allowed to comment on prospective student-athletes. Johnson again denied rumors he was close to committing to Alabama, saying he has no favorites. "I haven't talked to them in a while, but I would look hard at Georgia if they need more linebackers, " he said. "It's a great program, about the same as Alabama. A great defense, and just a great program." Johnson is ranked as the nation's No. 30 overall prospect by Rivals. Georgia has commitments from three players who are listed as linebackers, although they could change positions in college: Chase Vasser of Chestatee, Michael Gilliard of Valdosta and Dexter Moody of Emanuel County Institute. The Bulldogs are also in the running for linebacker Jarvis Jones of Carver-Columbus, arguably the state's No. 1 prospect.