Minnesota TE Enjoys AU Visit, Big Cat

Tight end prospect Will Johnson talks about his visit to Auburn.

Osseo, Minn.--With offers from several schools in the Midwest and South, three-star tight end Will Johnson has had the chance to visit several of his favorite schools throughout the spring and early summer. Over the weekend he got the opportunity to check out another of those as he was in Auburn for Big Cat Weekend.

Visiting Auburn along with two dozen top players from around the country, Johnson said his first trip to the Plains was a very good one as it gave him the chance to see the campus, get to know the coaches, and experience a much different visit than he was expecting.

"It was real interesting to get to see a lot of the top ranked players, real respected players," Johnson said. "The coaches were real nice to me. I had a really good time.

"They just kind of took the pressure off us," Johnson added. "They can see us on film and when they watch us play. They just focused on being together and getting to know each other and the staff. It was a relaxed setting. It was real nice."

At 6-7, 245, Johnson was one of several talented tight ends in Auburn for Big Cat Weekend including Ricky Parks and Justin Meredith. The Tigers already have a commitment from four-star Darrion Hutcherson as well, a prospect that could play on either side of the ball on the next level.

Being recruited by Auburn tight end Coach Jay Boulware, Johnson said he had a pretty good idea about what to expect on his visit and he wasn't disappointed. He said he especially enjoyed having the opportunity to get to know the entire coaching staff.

"Their coach (Jay Boulware) actually came up to Osseo to speak with me for a while," Johnson said. "He said they have a real strong love for football as a coaching staff. I saw basically everything he was telling me. It was real good.

"They seem like they do a real good job," he added. "They all preach the same message. They are about football and family. That was good to see."

Having a visit to Auburn under his belt now along with many of his favorites, Johnson said he would like to have a decision by the end of June so he can concentrate on his senior year at Osseo. He noted that the people he's going to be around at a school are probably the most important thing to him when making a decision and the atmosphere surrounding the program, both of which put Auburn in the running he said.

"They are definitely up there," Johnson said. "I have to talk to my family and coaches to get a feel for everything. I've got a couple more visits to make, but I appreciated being down there. It was good.

"Minnesota, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Boston College and Auburn are probably my favorites at the moment."

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