Johnson felt like a priority

The No. 2 player in the state of Alabama's junior class, Kerryon Johnson, made his first trip to Tuscaloosa this fall and the Crimson Tide coaching staff made sure to let the four-star know he's a top priority in the class of 2015.

Madison (Ala.) Academy standout Kerryon Johnson had a pretty good 48-hour span on Friday and Saturday.

Friday, he and his Mustang teammates avenged a 2012 loss to Cullman (Ala.) High by a margin of 28-10. The class of 2015 four-star running back talent ran for 98 yards and a score in addition to catching a touchdown and picking up an interception on defense.

On Saturday, he headed to Tuscaloosa for the first time this fall to see Alabama in action against Ole Miss.

"It was great!" he said late Saturday evening. "Good game to watch and some great atmosphere."

Nick Saban and company are very high on Johnson, and the plan is to potentially bring him in as a defensive back despite his prowess as an offensive star in high school. Other schools in his top group of Auburn and Florida State value him as a runner. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder kept an eye on both potential positions while seeing the champs remain undefeated in the 25-0 shutout of the Rebels.

"A couple of things that stood out were the plays of the DBs and of course the running backs did good," Johnson said.

Though not the best atmosphere he's seen in person at Bryant-Denney Stadium since he saw the Texas A&M upset a season ago, he admitted having a great weekend.

The attention from the coaching staff didn't hurt, either.

"I spoke to Coach Nuss (Doug Nussmeier), (Burton) Burns and Saban," Johnson said. "Just the same stuff, 'great to have you,' and they asked about the season and a few other things."

The top offensive recruit in the state's junior class knows he's a priority at Alabama.

"It means a lot!" he said. "Just to know that they would take the time to talk to me just shows that I mean something."

Johnson reports feeling similar from Auburn and he hasn't been to Florida State yet for a game this fall. The elite talent doesn't plan on making a commitment during the 2013 season.


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