Johnson Enjoys Visit; Solid To Tigers

Auburn commitment Lemond Johnson talks about his visit for the Texas A&M game and what it means for his decision to be a Tiger.

Cooper City, Fla.—While Auburn's 63-21 loss to Texas A&M Saturday night was a forgettable game for players and fans alike, for commitment Lemond Johnson it was a night to remember. Getting his first taste of the Auburn experience on his official visit, the 6-0, 200-pounder said he loved everything but the game while on the Plains.

"It was a great experience," Johnson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was the first time there for a game. I was able to see the atmosphere and it was great. Everybody loves the game even though the season hasn't gone too well, people still come out and support the team. That's a good thing. I just had a great time with some of my future teammates and things like that."

A visitor twice since the spring, Johnson had been looking forward to seeing Jordan-Hare Stadium lit up and full of fans since his first trip to Auburn. After seeing Tiger Walk and the eagle flight he noted that it was a great experience to see it all.

"Just seeing the eagle go around the first time was pretty cool," Johnson said. "Just watching them come out with the crowd yelling, it was a good feeling."

Watching as Auburn's defense allowed a school record for yardage and the most points given up in almost 100 years, Johnson said there are plenty of things the Tigers need to improve on, but most notably he said what the game showed him was immediate help is needed.

"The coaches told me to just come in and work hard," Johnson said. "They said coming in early was going to be great for me. I just have to work hard and do what I need to do. Hopefully I can start if I come in and prove what I have to do."

Hanging out with fellow commitments Reuben Foster and Jason Smith, Johnson said it was nice to get the opportunity to talk with them and get to know them better. Part of a very good recruiting class to this point he said it's up to them to help turn things around next season.

"I met with Reuben and hung out a little while with him," Johnson said. "I talked with some of the other commitments that I met last time like Jason Smith. They are great people and happy all the time. We have a good group coming in to get the job done."

An early high school graduate, Johnson plans to be in Auburn in January and get a head start on his career for the Tigers. While this season hasn't gone like anyone hoped or expected, Johnson added that his visit only made his decision to choose Auburn even stronger.

"It's actually better than I thought it was going to be," Johnson said. "The atmosphere was great and everybody still came out. It's a great place to play football. It made my experience a lot better. It just solidified things even more for me."

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