Defensive target Caleb Johnson sets pair of official visits, plans to return to Auburn

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DL Caleb Johnson expects to make official visit to Auburn

COLUMBUS, Ga. — If Auburn has hopes of landing Caleb Johnson, it’ll have to play catch-up with Tennessee and Georgia.

Johnson is a 6-foot-3, 250-pound prospect from Northside (Ga.) with a 3-star rating in the 247Sports composite. When official offers arrived at the beginning of the month for Class of 2018 prospects, Johnson’s offers included Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, LSU and Florida.

Other schools offered, but when it comes to Johnson’s eventual decision: “It’s really those five,” he said. “But I’m taking it slowly, just trying to feel it out. I’m just trying to get along with the players and coaches to see who I vibe with.”

For now, those relationships are closest with Georgia running backs coach Dell McGee and Tennessee linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen. Because of that, those two programs have emerged as his leaders — though Johnson admitted the other three SEC schools can gain ground simply by picking up communication level.

Auburn will likely receive an official visit from 2018 target Caleb Johnson. (Sam Spiegelman/SEC Country)

“Right now, it’s Tennessee and Georgia that are standing out the most right now. They’re just treating me like family, and it’s more of a bonding experience,” Johnson said. “The others can move up if they show me more attention, I guess. Those are the two that are constantly messaging me and calling me.”

Johnson visited Auburn in the summer, just as he did the other four. He got to check out the campus and know D-line coach Rodney Garner better, meeting him for a second time. Johnson said he communicates with Garner roughly once a week, but he’d like to see that communication pick up.

He expects to be back sometime during the season for an official visit, though his only set officials so far are Tennessee on Aug. 30 and Georgia on Sept. 2.

“Coach G, he’s a good guy,” Johnson said. “I’m planning to go back there for more visits, for sure.”

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Johnson’s ultimate position fit could end up dictating his decision.

As of now, Johnson is listed as a weakside defensive end (No. 33 nationally), but he plays linebacker. With that said, his high school coach believes Johnson will end up as a hand-in-the-dirt defensive end. That’s what most coaching staffs have conveyed to him, at least.

Regardless, it’ll take some time before Johnson announces a college choice, so those positional logistics will shake themselves out.

“(I’ll decide) after I take my official visits,” Johnson said. “There’s not a specific timeline, but I least want to take those visits.”

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