Johnson still available after Vols hold him off

May 13, 2014 

DL Sterling Johnson of Clayton, NC remains on the recruiting market this afternoon and Tennessee has been dropped from his list according to a source with knowledge of his recruiting. These developments took place Tuesday afternoon after Johnson called the Vols to make a commitment but was told they wanted to see him in camp first this summer.

According to the source, Johnson was told by Tennessee that two of their defensive ends had put on enough weight to move inside and they only had room for one more defensive tackle, so they wanted to see him in camp before accepting an commitment. The source said this was something the Vols had not previously presented to Johnson and neither he nor his mother was happy about it. The source said that in Johnson's mind Tennessee has been eliminated and that his mother has for sure dropped them.

Clemson remains a major players with Johnson. The Tigers have had their two spring visits with him and were in contact with coaches at the school Tuesday. Alabama and Ohio State are the other top schools with Johnson at this point according to the source. Johnson has visited Clemson and Alabama and has plans to visit Ohio State later this month.

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