Alabama has taken a hit in its 2017 recruiting campaign. Gary Johnson, the No. 1 linebacking prospect in the upcoming class has decided to reopen his recruitment.
It seems as though Johnson’s grades aren’t quite up to snuff to play in the most competitive conference in the FBS. Johnson also had offers from Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss and will be ineligible to accept any of those offers.
“After talking it over with my advisors and family, I have decided to reopen my recruitment due to the academic requirements in the SEC that are different than in other conferences,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.
“I will not be available to any SEC schools because of that I want to thank all of the SEC schools that have offered me and saw potential in me. I also appreciate everyone everyone on The University of Alabama’s coaching staff that showed me love and for the opportunity I also want to thank all Alabama fans that supported me and I wish them nothing but the best.”
Johnson, a four-star Junior College transfer student out of Dodge City Community College, is 6-foot-1, 225 pounds. He also has offers from Ohio State, Baylor, Louisville, UCF and West Virginia, 22 offers in total — 15 not including SEC schools.
Earlier this year he was quoted as saying, “I’m excited, I can’t see myself playing anywhere else.”
Well, it appears he’ll have to. After starring at Douglas High in northeast Alabama he recorded 133 tackles, 8.5 sacks, four interceptions and four forced fumbles. Two of his interceptions were taken back for touchdowns.