2015 Standout Adds Auburn Offer

Sophomore standout Kerryon Johnson talks about getting an offer from the Auburn Tigers on Friday.

Madison, Ala.—It's hard to imagine a sophomore having more early interest than Madison Academy standout running back Kerryon Johnson. A two-time standout at the AHSAA Super Six championships including winning the MVP this past season at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Johnson has started to pile up the offers and added another on Friday with the Auburn Tigers coming onboard.

A 6-0, 185-pounder that excels on both sides of the ball for the Mustangs, Johnson already had offers from Florida State, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State this week before adding an offer from Alabama on Wednesday. Things got ramped up even more on Friday when Johnson got the news from Auburn.

"I called Coach Tim Horton around 11 a.m. today and he said he had gotten to watch my film yesterday and that they really liked me," Johnson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Coach (Gus) Malzahn had been up here earlier and they just wanted to make sure it was clear that I had a scholarship offer.

"Now that I have gotten a chance to talk to the staff I think pretty soon they'll get back to what they were doing," he adds. "They kind of had an off-year, but they all promised me there are good years ahead. I think they are going to be good."

Kerryon Johnson goes up high to break up a pass in the title game

Leading his team to the 3A title, Johnson carried the ball 25 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns and added a pair of interceptions on defense in the win over Fayette County. For the season the sophomore carried the ball 185 times for 1,774 yards and scored 28 touchdowns. It's those kinds of numbers that have coaches like Auburn excited about his possibilities on offense.

"Their offense is a very athletic offense," Johnson says. "They use speed very well. I think I could fit in and make some plays in there along with everyone else. I feel like their offense is going to be very high powered."

At the moment Johnson says that Auburn is behind leaders Florida State and Alabama because he's just now getting to know the new coaching staff. He adds that he plans to visit the Plains on March 30 for a Junior Day and hopes to continue building a relationship with Horton, Malzah, and the rest of the coaching staff.

Until then he says he'll just keep enjoying the wild ride that has already started for one of the top 2015 prospects in the country.

"It's pretty overwhelming right now, but it just comes with the territory," Johnson says. "You just have to deal with it."

Currently Johnson is cheering on his basketball teammates as they look to make it a double with a state championship on the hardwood. Out after having surgery to repair a torn labrum, Johnson says he's hoping Josh Langford and his teammates can bring it home Saturday morning at 11 a.m. as they face Southside-Selma. A 6-4 ninth-grader, Langford had 30 points and 16 rebounds in the semi-finals.

Malik Miller added an offer from Auburn as well

In addition to Johnson, Auburn also extended an offer to freshman running back/linebacker Malik Miller. A physical 210-pounder, Miller's offer from Auburn was his first.


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