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Monday, May 11, 2009
Vols get one of the top players in 2011 class

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

One of the top players in the 2011 signing class has committed to Tennessee. Now the real fun begins for the Vols -- holding onto him.

Defensive lineman Anthony Johnson of O. Perry Walker High School in New Orleans informed Tennessee assistant Frank Wilson last Friday that he had committed to the Vols. There's a pretty strong tie there, and there was also a caveat to the 6-foot-4, 295-pound Johnson's commitment.

Wilson, a New Orleans native, was the head coach at O. Perry Walker from 2000 through 2002, and Tennessee recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron has extensive ties throughout the state of Louisiana.

That said, Johnson doesn't plan to end the recruiting process. He will continue to take visits and see what other schools have to offer. He mentioned Alabama and UCLA as two schools that would remain on his list.

Johnson has started since he was a freshman and already has 34 sacks entering his junior season.