Auburn Commit Still Feels Good About Tigers

Auburn commitment Lemond Johnson discusses the Tigers' 1-6 start, talks about his upcoming official visit, and more.

Cooper City, Fla.—For Auburn commitment Lemond Johnson it has been a disappointing season all the way around. While his high school team has struggled to a 3-4 start, his future team has yet to win a conference game and is in danger of being knocked out of bowl eligibility with a loss to Texas A&M this season.

The tough start for Coach Gene Chizik's club hasn't dampened Johnson's feelings for the Tigers however as he plans to take his official visit to the Plains this weekend. With Auburn looking to get things turned around this season and finish on a positive note, Johnson said he's still firmly a Tiger.

"I talk to Coach (Willie Martinez) a lot and he said they are rebuilding, too," Johnson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "They are struggling in some spots right now. They really need some playmakers. They are going through a rough season, but it really doesn't impact me that much."

A visitor to Auburn during the spring and summer, Johnson got a good feel for what life is like on the campus and in the town, but this weekend he'll get to see a side of campus he's never seen before. With a night game at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn will be alive with tailgating and fans throughout the day, something he said he's excited to see.

"I haven't been on an official visit yet and I haven't seen an Auburn game in person so that's exciting for me," Johnson said. "I want to see the atmosphere and how things are going to be once I get there. It's going to be exciting."

A versatile player for Cooper City his entire career, Johnson has become the jack of all trades this season on both offense and defense. With a pair of 100-yard rushing games as a running back in 2012 and the ability to play just about anywhere, Johnson said while the season hasn't gone as planned he has enjoyed his chance to shine.

"My season is going pretty good, but it's kind of rough this year," Johnson noted. "We're 3-4 right now. We are basically rebuilding this season with a young team. For me the season is going pretty good.

"My coach has me playing a lot of positions this year. I actually play running back, wide receiver, quarterback and I have played defensive end. I have played everywhere. I'm scoring at least two touchdowns a game playing a lot of running back this year."

As part of an Auburn recruiting class that is rated one of the best in the country at the moment, Johnson said he's anxious to get a chance to spend some time with his future teammates this weekend and talk to other prospects interested in the Tigers. With a class filled with potential difference-makers on both sides of the ball and young players making plays this season, Johnson said keeping the ball rolling in recruiting is huge for the future.

"I think it's very important," Johnson said. "Coming in as one of the best classes Auburn has had would be pretty good. We just have to stay together so when it's time for us to play we'll have a great season and do what Auburn has been doing over the years."

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