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Central's Johnson to pick college on national stage

From left to right, Grayson defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, Central Gwinnett linebacker Trey Johnson, Norcross running back Alvin Kamara and Mill Creek defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin are Gwinnett County's four representatives in the Under Armour All-American Game. (Photo: Todd Wofford)

From left to right, Grayson defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, Central Gwinnett linebacker Trey Johnson, Norcross running back Alvin Kamara and Mill Creek defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin are Gwinnett County's four representatives in the Under Armour All-American Game. (Photo: Todd Wofford)

College football fans wanting to know where Central Gwinnett linebacker Trey Johnson will play next season will be tuned in to Friday’s Under Armour All-American game.

Johnson, the nation’s No. 2-rated inside linebacker, is expected to make his college decision live during the game on ESPN.

“Yeah, that’s the plan,” Johnson said. “It fell in place at the right time.”

Johnson is one of four Gwinnett County players in the game along with Norcross’ Alvin Kamara, Mill Creek’s Kelsey Griffin and Grayson’s Robert Nkemdiche.

“It’s real cool,” Johnson said of the Gwinnett players. “It says a lot about Gwinnett.”

Johnson is deciding between Ohio State, Tennessee and Florida. He committed to Auburn as a junior, but decommitted after last month’s coaching change.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker doesn’t expect to be swayed by any recruits at the Under Armour game.

“I don’t think they will persuade me either way,” Johnson said.

Nkemdiche and Kamara will play on the Black Team, while Johnson and Griffin will be on the White Team.

Grayson head coach Mickey Conn and assistant Lenny Gregory will be coaches on the Black Team, which is coached by former NFL coach Herm Edwards.

Central Gwinnett head coach Todd Wofford will be an assistant on the White Team, which is coached by former NFL coach Steve Mariucci.

“Me and Mickey are more excited than the players,” Wofford said.

Nkemdiche is the nation’s No. 1 college recruit and is undecided after decommitting from Clemson in November. The defensive end is the Daily Post’s two-time Defensive Player of the Year and led the Rams to the 2011 state championship.

“It’s going to be fun competing against those good guys, having fun,” Nkemdiche said. “I’m going to go do my thing and everyone is going to try and do their thing, so it’s going to be fun.”

Kamara is rated one of nation’s top running backs and is uncommitted. The senior rushed for more than 2,000 yards to lead Norcross to the state championship and earned Daily Post Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors.

“Just being around the top talent in the nation. You’re going to get tested,” Kamara said. “You’re not going to be the best guy on the field anymore, so I’m looking forward to the experience.”

Griffin is the only Gwinnett player committed to a college. The 6-foot-1, 285-pound defensive tackle is headed to South Carolina.

Other Georgia players in the game are Ridgeland’s Vonn Bell, Camden County’s Brice Ramsey, Sandy Creek’s Shaq Wiggins, Dooly County’s Montravious Adams and Milton’s Carl Lawson.