Dynamic Duo Enjoys Auburn Visit

Madison Academy standouts Kerryon Johnson and Malik Miller are two of the top young players in Alabama and they discuss a recent trip to Auburn.

Madison, Ala.—Two of the top underclassmen football players in Alabama, Kerryon Johnson and Malik Miller are teammates at Madison Academy and are coming off a state championship season in 2012. Even though Johnson will be just a junior and Miller a sophomore, both already have offers from top programs and still have plenty of high school football left to play.

Last weekend both were on the Auburn campus to visit the Tigers and Coach Gus Malzahn as part of a Junior Day on the Plains and both came away impressed by the things they saw both on and off the field.

One of the top athletes in the 2015 class, Johnson is capable of playing a number of different positions on the next level, but is being recruited as a running back by Auburn. The younger brother of Belmont basketball standout Kerron Johnson, he says the trip was educational for him as he got to learn more about Auburn's up-tempo offense.

"It was a great trip," Johnson says. "The thing that really sold me and really made my day was the last little film session we did. We watched film for a good 30 or 45 minutes and that was really great. The facilities are nice and the coaches made me feel at home. It was a great trip.

"Besides watching Vandy a little bit that was the first time I have seen an SEC team practice," Johnson adds. "It was fast. They move and you can tell those guys were exhausted, but they pushed through. They are going to get accustomed to it. It was great."

Kerryon Johnson

Carrying the ball 185 times for 1,774 yards with 28 rushing touchdowns, Johnson is a dynamic runner capable of making the big play at any time. Because of that he says Auburn's new offense would be a good fit for him.

"It just showed in that film session," Johnson says. "They get the ball on some really brilliant runs. From a running back standpoint it was really great seeing that."

With plenty of offers to choose from already and more likely to come Johnson is expected to be one of the more highly-recruited players in the country in two years. Just trying to take things slowly, Johnson says for him it's all about dealing with things and trying not to get ahead of himself.

"I think I have five or six offers right now," Johnson says. "They are Vanderbilt, Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, and Mississippi State. Just to think last year I was focused on getting through the season. This year, my junior year, people are going to be looking for a commitment. It's really eye-opening, but I'm looking to stay the course and work hard and just trying to enjoy high school while I have it."

Malik Miller

If Johnson is just taking things in stride then for Miller it's downright playtime. Only a freshman, the powerful running back/linebacker already has offers from Auburn and Vanderbilt with more sure to follow down the road.

Taking the trip on crutches after a knee injury cut short his basketball season, Miller says he's recovering nicely and is looking forward to getting back on the field this fall. When he does he'll be part of a two-headed monster for Madison Academy, but on offense it's nothing like he saw from Auburn on Saturday at practice.

"It was a great visit," Miller says. "I enjoyed the experience. Practice was amazing and very intense. Everybody was flying everywhere. I have never seen a practice like it. It was very fast-paced. It was almost hard to keep up with it.

"They have offered me as a running back and I talked to Coach Malzahn and he told me how they would utilize me in the offense," Miller adds. "I feel like the offense fits me well. They said the basics are the counter, the outside zone, and the power. That's me. That's right up my alley. I love it. I feel like that's me."

Still a long way off from making a decision with three years of high school left, Miller notes that Auburn is definitely a program he's going to keep a close eye on as his recruiting continues to grow over the years.

"I'm impressed," Miller says. "I like it. I enjoyed the visit. I can say they could possibly be one of my top choices down the road later when I decide what school I will choose."


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