Ohio State has nothing to worry about in regards to 4-star inside linebacker Trey Johnson visiting Tennessee.
For a minute, it looked like this surprise visit out of nowhere could have been a cause for concern for the Buckeyes. Over the weekend, Brad Bournival of ESPN.com reported that Johnson did indeed take an official visit to Tennessee.
In many cases this would be bad news for the team not named Tennessee, especially so close to national signing day (Feb. 6), but in his latest report on the subject, Bournival was able to confirm that Oho State has no reason to worry, according to Johnson's coach:
In fact, Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) is as solid as they come with the scarlet and gray.
“Things are exactly where they were before when he committed to them,” said Johnson’s coach Todd Wofford. “He’s going to be a Buckeye on signing day.”
Coach Wofford then went on to explain the reasoning behind the visit, per Bournival's report:
“You had an 18-year-old kid that wanted to take a trip,” Wofford said. “He went up there and had a good time. He told me, 'I didn’t get a chance to make that many visits.'
“He only took one before that and it was Ohio State. He took an official visit. It’s one of those things where it was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. He knows what his job is and what his future is. He had an opportunity to take a visit, so he took advantage of it. He’s done, but the wolves haven’t stopped trying.”
Remember, Johnson has decommitted once (from Auburn), so had this visit taken a more serious tone, that could have made things a bit more interesting for Ohio State in the days and hours leading up to national signing day.
That said, this appears to be nothing more than high schooler doing the logical thing and taking a mini-vacation while he had the chance.
Should OSU worry about Johnson's visit to Tennessee?
Who could blame him?
He had the chance to visit a great university and get first-class treatment for a little while. With only days left until his commitment becomes official, this was his last chance to really enjoy the recruiting process and be a VIP one more time.
Some may consider that over the top and selfish, especially when we're discussing an already committed recruit, but I personally have no problems with a recruit getting the most out of the process.
I've seen firsthand the work these players put in from Day 1 as freshmen in high school. In some cases, the great players are preparing long before high school in an effort to be the best of the best.
Countless hours are spent in the weight room, training room, film room and on the practice field—and that's on top of the rigors of being a normal high school student.
To be a Division I recruit you almost have to treat football as a job in high school, so I'm not going to chastise a kid for wanting to take a weekend away to just enjoy what he's worked all this time for.
He's earned it, after all.
When all is said and done, Johnson will most likely end up wearing a Buckeyes jersey on Saturday afternoons, and he has a chance to be a very good linebacker for Ohio State.
This surprise visit to Tennessee will be nothing more than a footnote when looking back at Johnsons' recruitment process in four-to-five years.