Johnson Working On Keeping Class Together

Auburn commitment Jeremy Johnson talks recruiting and the Tigers' current class as he prepares for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.

Montgomery, Ala.—After falling short in his quest for a state title in football, Auburn commitment Jeremy Johnson will have one more chance to win a game at Cramton Bowl this Saturday when he leads the Alabama team against Mississippi in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.

Part of a team that includes fellow Auburn commitments such as Dee Liner, Jason Smith, Earnest Robinson and Kamryn Melton, Johnson said he's looking forward to playing with them as well as Reuben Foster. One of his closest friends throughout the recruiting process, Foster recently de-committed from Auburn, but Johnson said this week he's going to get the full court press.

"Me and Reuben are going to be talking with each other 24/7," Johnson said. "If he's in his room I'll probably be texting him or calling him. We're just going to keep this relationship going and keep this recruiting class together with Earnest and Jason and Dee Liner. This is our chance to bond with each other."

"When I was telling him that I might de-commit if Coach Chizik was fired he was telling me to stay strong that we were going to keep the class together," Johnson added. "I have been messing with him telling him ‘you said you were going to stay.' It's a brother thing because we've got a great relationship together."

This season Johnson had a monster year for Carver as he threw for 3,193 yards and 31 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. He added 706 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground as the Wolverines advanced to the Class 6A state playoff semi-finals before losing to Opelika.

Those numbers have pushed him up the recruiting boards for several teams despite his commitment to Auburn as LSU, Ole Miss and several other schools tried to make a strong push for Johnson over the last few months. In the end though his ties to Auburn were too strong and when Gus Malzahn was hired to be the new head coach everything just fell into place for him.

"Talking to Coach Malzahn, I have just been getting back to the relationship we had," Johnson said. "I stayed in touch with him while he was at Arkansas State. He's just telling me to keep the recruiting class together, that's about it.

"Coach Malzahn's offense is one of the best in the nation to me," he added. "I feel comfortable in his offense. He's looking forward to having me as his quarterback."

Jeremy Johnson runs the football vs. Opelika High.

With Johnson, Smith, and Robinson all solidly still onboard with the Tigers, the recruiting class should still be a strong one for Auburn, but Foster, Liner, Lawson and others could be the key to just how good the class is.

As a quarterback and a leader, Johnson said his goal this week is to keep his guys focused on Auburn and the future on the Plains.

"You also need defensive players," Johnson said. "We just have to keep this class together and stay strong with our commitments. We're just looking forward to winning a national championship."

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