Posted: 10:55 pm Monday, August 6th, 2012

Report: American Heritage OL Roderick Johnson drops Gators commitment 

By Matt Porter

Update (9:37 a.m. Tuesday, Aug 7): Johnson apparently reconsidered his decommitment to Florida (side note: there’s a phrase you’ll find only in recruiting stories).

Via text message, he told the Post’s Jeff Greer the Sentinel report was premature and while he was planning to visit Auburn, West Virginia and Florida State, he still considers himself committed to Florida.

The Sentinel quoted (and provided audio) of Johnson discussing his favorite schools — FSU at the top, Florida No. 3 — so this would seem to contradict that.

All that seems clear is Johnson is not solidly committed to UF, though he may well sign there on signing day.

A reminder here that verbal commitments are nonbinding. Seniors can sign letters of intent beginning Feb. 6, 2013.

The original story follows.

A coaching change in the ranks of the Florida Gators has one local lineman rethinking his options.

American Heritage senior offensive tackle Roderick Johnson told the Sun-Sentinel on Monday he is no longer committed to UF, days after former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Aubrey Hill resigned his position.

Johnson, a 6-foot-6, 315-pound three-star recruit, committed to Florida in March and said he felt close to Hill, who was the program’s lead recruiter in Palm Beach County.

Johnson said Florida State is now his top school, followed by West Virginia, Florida, South Carolina and Auburn, in that order.