Johnson "100 Percent" Committed To Auburn

Jeremy Johnson talks about his strong commitment to Auburn, getting to know the new staff, and his plans to hit the recruiting trail for the Tigers.

Montgomery, Ala.—A frequent visitor to Auburn since he became a hot commodity at Carver High, longtime verbal commitment Jeremy Johnson took his official trip to Auburn over the weekend to spend time with Gus Malzahn, Rhett Lashlee and Dameyune Craig. Getting to know the staff better, Johnson said it was a great trip for him.

"I came down Friday and got in a little late," Johnson said. "On Saturday I just toured the campus a lot and spent time with other recruits like Earnest Robinson and Jason Smith. We just had a good time. We went out with some players and just spent time with them. People say we're the future so that's what we're looking forward to doing, doing big things."

With Clint Moseley deciding to give up football that leaves Auburn with just two scholarship quarterbacks heading into spring practice. Knowing that he'll have a chance to compete right away is something Johnson said is exciting about his commitment to the Tigers.

"I'm coming in to compete for the job," Johnson said. "After graduation I'm going there to compete and trying to win the starting spot. It's good for me, not for him, but on my hand it's good. I'm a competitor. I like to compete. I just want to be the face of Auburn."

Saying he's 100 percent committed to Auburn, Johnson added that he may still take a visit to Ole Miss next weekend just because he had promised them earlier. He said even if that happens his focus now is on recruiting and helping to make this 2013 class a strong finisher.

"I think I'm still going to Ole Miss next weekend, but I don't know about that yet," Johnson said. "Me and my parents will sit down and talk with that, but I'm for sure going to Auburn. This sealed the deal with everything. This is where I want to be. Now it's my time to recruit and get players around me skill position-wise. I'm just getting ready to go out and start recruiting.

"Derrick Griffin, Derrick Green, getting Reuben Foster back on board because he's the face of the defense and we've got to get him back," Johnson added of his targets. "We're trying to keep Carl (Carl Lawson) and get Dee Liner. If we can keep those three we'll be good to go."

Having the opportunity to sit down and talk with the offensive coaches was one of the highlights of the weekend for Johnson. He said in addition to getting more questions answered, he also got some good advice from a guy that was in his position at Auburn more 15 years ago.

"It was great," Johnson said. "They were getting to know my parents more because I pretty much know them. This was for my parents to get up there and build a relationship with the coaching staff and everybody around. It was great being with Coach Lashlee and Coach Craig. They want me to be the face of Auburn.

"He (Craig) was just naming all the guys that have been through and he said they guess they can hand me the torch," he added. "He said it's going to be tough, but then again it's a great opportunity. I'm ready."

A U.S. Army All-American from Carver-Montgomery, Johnson threw for 3,193 yards and 31 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. He also added 706 yards on the ground and seven scoring runs.

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