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2013 LB with nine early offers

His first offer came in January. Soon after, he got another. Then another.
Today, Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett inside linebacker Trey Johnson has nine offers in hand, and what makes that particularly impressive is that he is only in the 10th grade.
"I'm surprised by it," Johnson told Rivals.com on Wednesday. "It didn't really hit me at first, but all the schools started coming when the season ended."
Wednesday morning, Florida became the latest to pull the trigger.
"It's pretty cool," Johnson said. "I'm actually going to see them on Saturday."
Johnson also has offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Mississippi State, N.C. State and Southern California. Thus far, he has visited Georgia twice and Alabama once. He plans to check out FSU on April 16.
"The USC [offer stood out]," Johnson said. "When I heard about it, I was surprised they even knew about me all the way from California."
According to Johnson, all the programs that have offered "are kind of on the same level right now."
Last season was Johnson's first as a starter. The 6-foot-1, 208-pounder recorded 152 tackles in 10 games with 21.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.
"I think I did pretty good," Johnson said. "The season went well. It was a lot better than I expected. I led the county in tackles for the regular season."
Johnson expects to do even better next season, and he thinks getting all this early attention will help him achieve that.
"It's a motivational thing for me," he said. "When you keep hearing about the schools, it makes you want to work hard. You have expectations to live up to."
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