Prospect's Mom Gives AU Seal of Approval

A Big Cat Weekend visitor was back in Auburn and discusses the trip and his interest in the Tigers.

Cooper City, Fla.--Big Cat Weekend visitor Lemond Johnson was back in Auburn again this weekend and says the Tigers are his leader with a decision expected in the not-too-distant future.

On his second trip to the check out the Tigers, the 6-0, 190 senior brought his mother with him as well as his father. The safety prospect said she gave AU the thumbs up and that Auburn is a possible destination although he plans to make more visits before making his choice.

Asked how important it was for him to bring his mother, he said, "It was very important because I don't live with my mom. Her getting to see it, and her being around it, was really important to me.

"She liked it a lot," Johnson added. "She is very comfortable with me going to school there. She likes the people there. Like we said the last time we were in Auburn, it is very family oriented. She feels the same way we felt when we left from the Big Cat Weekend."

Johnson has scholarship offers from LSU and Vanderbilt in the SEC along with Boston College, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and Duke in the ACC. He also has other offers, but said his short list includes Auburn and just a few others.

"Auburn definitely stands number one right now," he said. "I am going to go around and check a few schools, but Auburn is definitely No. 1.

"I am going to visit some of the North Carolina schools near my mom like N.C. State and Duke and then I am going to go where I used to live and see some family and visit Boston College. Since they were there from the beginning they really want me to come down. I will see those schools and I will be making my decision very soon."

Johnson is shown at a football camp.

Johnson said he is looking forward to wrapping up recruiting and could have a decision made by the end of June.

The defensive back, who is being recruited to Auburn by new secondary coach Willie Martinez, said he is an "A and B" student in high school with just two more classes to finish before he graduates in December.

He noted academics was a major topic of his discussion on his visit. "We really got to see how it was, how the academics are, and that is a big reason we came down this time," he pointed out. "I am going to be graduating early and we got to see the academic adviser so I talked to him about how I can finish out high school. I want to study something in business. I haven't figured out the field yet."

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