When four-star Lawrencville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett linebacker Trey Johnson originally committed to Auburn prior to the 2011 season, his relationship with then defensive coordinator Ted Roof had a lot to do with his decision.
By the time Roof was let go, Johnson had build a good enough relationship with head coach Gene Chizik to stick with the Tigers. But over the weekend, while Johnson was on an official visit to Ohio State, Chizik was fired.
Will Johnson stick with Auburn once again? His coach at Central Gwinnett, Todd Wofford, isn't so sure.
"He's going to take his visits and make the best decision for him," Wofford said Sunday. "He hasn't decommitted yet but he had a great time up in Columbus this weekend."
Johnson and Wofford have had discussions about the possibility of Chizik's firing, and Wofford thinks Auburn's chances of hanging onto the Rivals100 linebacker will hinge on how many assistant coaches are retained.
"He said if they keep some of the staff it would help them out," Wofford said. "If they clean house and depending on who they bring in, they would probably be out of it."
Johnson has an official visit to Florida planned next month, and he also intends to visit USC and Penn State. Originally he was saving his last official visit for Auburn, but according to Wofford, that's now up in the air.
"He's sitting back to see what they do," Wofford said. "He wanted to save that last one for Auburn but now he wants to hold it to see who they hire and whether or not he'll use it."
Johnson was scheduled to arrive back in Atlanta from Columbus late Sunday evening, but according to Wofford, the Buckeyes made a very good impression.
"Ohio State set the standard pretty high this weekend," Wofford said. "They were one of a couple teams that stayed in it even though he was committed."