Prospect From Georgia Makes First Visit to AU

Class of 2013 football prospect David Johnson talks about his interest in Auburn and other colleges. The report includes game video highlights.

Lithonia, Ga.--David Johnson, a class of 2013 football prospect, spent Friday in Auburn checking out one of the programs that has made him an early scholarship offer.

The six-foot-two, 240-pound defensive end/outside linebacker said his first ever visit to the Auburn campus was one he enjoyed and an instructional one.

A strong student at Lithonia High School who noted he is interested in studying architecture in college, Johnson said that he spent a good bit of his visit discussing academics with AU officials.

"The educational aspect is really important to me," said Johnson, who noted that will be a primary consideration in his college choice.

"I like how Auburn is focused on education," he said. "The educational structure at the college will be the number one thing I use to make my decision."

A strong student in the classroom at Lithonia High, he has also put up good numbers on the gridrion.

Johnson is coming off back-to-back productive seasons. Last fall he was in on 94 tackles, including 15 for lost yardage with seven sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. As a sophomore he was credited with 100-plus stops and 10 sacks.

The class of 2013 prospect said that Auburn is interested in him as a guy who could play either outside linebacker "or put my hand on the ground" and play end. He noted that he has done both for his high school team. "I switch between both," he said, adding that he has also played defensive tackle and fullback.

Johnson toured the campus on Friday and said he came away impressed with the facilities and how organized the football staff is at Auburn. He noted that he got the opportunity to talk football with Brian VanGorder, Auburn's new defensive coordinator.

"He is a pretty well-rounded guy," Johnson said of the coach. "He is very frank. He doesn't sugar-coat anything. He tells you straight how it is."

Johnson, who notes that he is 17-years-old, said he isn't sure if he is going to get much bigger, but said that is a possibility he will continue to grow.

At Lithonia High football is the lone sport he plays. That has helped him pick up early offers from Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Louisville and Southern Miss in addition to Auburn.

"I don't have a favorite right now," he said, but he added, "I really like the SEC."

Johnson hasn't set a time frame for making a decision, but noted he is seriously considering doing it this summer so he can focus on his senior season.


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