Versatile Johnson On The Fast Track To Auburn

Auburn commitment Lemond Johnson discusses his plans to graduate early, what he likes about the Tigers, and how preseason practice is going.

Cooper City, Fla.—A commitment to the Auburn Tigers in June, versatile athlete Lemond Johnson has been hard at work since that time to make sure that when December comes he's ready to graduate and head to the Plains. Planning to graduate early and enroll for spring practice, Johnson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that his decision to commit to Auburn was the perfect one for him.

"It felt good getting it done early," the 6-0, 200 Johnson said. "Actually I'm getting a lot of my stuff done for early graduation so that's good for me. If I would have waited and done it later on it would have been a lot of extra work."

The extra work is what Johnson did in the spring academically and then physically over the summer. Spending a lot of time with family in North Carolina, he said that he didn't take it as a vacation however because he knew this season his team was going to be depending on him both defensively and offensively.

"It went good," Johnson said of his summer. "I just came back to Florida and started practice. We started three-a-days this week so it's going pretty good. The last day of those is Saturday. It's going good. We've got some new players on the team so everybody is gelling pretty good.

"I spent most of the summer in North Carolina with some family," he added. "Most of the time there I was working out with a trainer so I stayed in good shape. Getting back to Miami it really didn't make a difference to me."

A safety on defense and being recruited for that position by Auburn coaches Brian VanGorder and Willie Martinez, Johnson also plays both quarterback and wide receiver on offense for Cooper City High. With so much on his plate Johnson said it can make for some long days this time of year to get ready for the season.

"I'm playing a lot of positions this year like I did last year," Johnson said. "It's tough this time of year because it's hard to get it all in during a practice. You only have a little time at each. You just have to do a little extra after practice to get good at the positions. That's how it is."

The good news for Johnson is that when he arrives at Auburn in December he'll be able to concentrate on just one position. Anxious to play for VanGorder in the NFL style defense, Johnson said everything about the program and university has him fired up to get to the Plains in four months.

"It's just a family-oriented place and I really like that," Johnson said. "I like that it's a football city, everybody loves it there. I really like the defensive coordinator coach VanGorder. It's just a fun place to be."

Hoping to take his official visit for the weekend of the LSU game, Johnson said that because his team is playing a game in South Carolina that Friday night that it's not possible for him to take it then. He noted that he's hoping to make it either for either the Arkansas or Georgia games this season.

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