Athletic Prospect Excited About Big Cat Visit

Football prospect Lemond Johnson talks about Big Cat Weekend in Auburn and what he likes about the Tigers.

Cooper City, Fla.--A talented prospect who plays both sides of the football in high school, speedy Lemond Johnson took his first trip to Auburn University over the weekend as part of Big Cat Weekend on the Auburn campus.

Being recruited as a safety by the Tigers, Johnson said he liked everything about his first experience on the Plains.

"I had never been to Alabama before and it was different, but I really liked it," Johnson said. "They emphasized family and I liked that a lot. The coaches were fun. They kept us together. It was just a nice thing. We had a lot of fun.

"It was really different," he added. "I have never been to a place where everybody was doing everything together. The coaches were having fun and it was just like we were on the team. They treated us like family. It was good."

Playing quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back for Cooper City, the 6-0, 190 Johnson said at the moment Auburn is recruiting him to play in the secondary.

"Auburn is recruiting me at safety," Johnson said. "I play a lot of positions so they could play me at nickel, a little at cornerback, I could do a lot of things on defense to help them. They said they liked me because I'm a leader on the field and that's what I'm looking for."

Being recruited for Auburn by first-year secondary coach Willie Martinez, who is originally from Miami and played for the Hurricanes, Johnson said he likes what he hears from the guy who would be his position coach if he chose the Tigers.

"He's a real nice guy," Johnson said. "As soon as I met him he told me that he would be straight up with me. He just keeps it real."

With offers from Auburn, LSU, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Duke, Purdue, Central Florida, South Florida and several others, Johnson he hasn't narrowed his list yet, but the Tigers are in the mix.

"Auburn is definitely in my top, especially after my visit," Johnson said. "They gave me a lot more information on how it is in Alabama. I really like it. They are in my top.

"I'm looking at the schools that are recruiting me hard like UCF and Boston College," he added. "They are really doing some hard recruiting."

Planning to make his decision late in the summer or early in his senior year, Johnson said he'll lean on his family help him narrow his list of colleges throughout the summer so he'll be able to make the best choice for both himself and his family.


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