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UGA Football Recruiting: Bulldogs' chances to land defensive tackle Toby Johnson improve

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Derek Dooley's dismissal in Knoxville may have cleared the way for Georgia to sign defensive tackle Toby Johnson, the nation's top JUCO prospect. His top two are Georgia and Tennessee.

Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Toby Johnson is a five-star defensive tackle prospect, and the nation's number one junior college prospect, according to numerous scouting services. His top two choices are the Tennessee Volunteers and Georgia Bulldogs, but the Dawgs could have the inside track now that Derek Dooley has been fired in Knoxville.

The 6'5, 310-pound Johnson currently attends Hutchinson a JC in Kansas, but is originally from Atlanta, where he attended Banneker High School. While he was upset about Dooley's dismissal, he said he has not ruled the Vols out yet. He suffered a season-ending knee injury earlier this month, but thinks he'll be able to play next season. If he isn't able to play, Johnson still has the ability to redshirt.

Johnson is former roommates with UT wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, and played for Vols' graduate assistant Brandon Staley last season. His current teammates, defensive tackle Ben Bradley, is also a Tennessee commit.

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