Posted: 8:32 pm Sunday, August 12th, 2012

American Heritage OL Rod Johnson decommits from Florida 

By Jeff Greer

American Heritage offensive tackle Roderick Johnson took Aubrey Hill’s resignation hard.

Hill quit as Florida’s recruiting coordinator last week, and Johnson said he was disappointed, but refuted reports of his decommitment, saying they were premature. Those reports are accurate now. Johnson (6-6, 315 pounds, No. 6 on the Big Board) said Sunday he’s officially taken back his verbal pledge to the Gators.

Auburn, Florida State, South Carolina and West Virginia are now the leaders for Johnson’s services, along with Florida, which he still considers a favorite. FSU is thought to be his current frontrunner, but Johnson said “everybody’s even” late Sunday.

Hill was Johnson’s lead recruiter, and convinced the hulking senior to commit to the Gators. With his departure, Florida head coach Will Muschamp told Johnson he’d handle his recruiting directly. That apparently isn’t enough to keep Johnson solid at the moment.

Johnson is a major factor in American Heritage’s designs for a second consecutive state championship. His blocking last fall paved the way for Greg Bryant and Marcus Davis, along with FAU freshman Jeremy Gaskin, as the Stallions ran their way to the 2011 state title.