Mississippi State Commitment Visits Auburn

Big athlete Jay Johnson talks about his trip to see the Auburn Tigers.

Bruce, Miss.--A versatile athlete that is rated as a defensive end by Scout.com but plays safety, running back and even returns some kicks for Bruce High School, Mississippi State commitment Jay Johnson took a trip to Auburn on Saturday to check out the Tigers and get a feel for the program. Getting his first-ever look at the Plains, Johnson said everything about the campus and facilities stood out to him.

"It's a nice campus and a big campus," the 6-4, 200 Johnson said. "It's different from everybody else. I just wanted to see how different it was. I had already been to Ole Miss and Mississippi State, so I wanted to see how different it is.

"The dorm rooms look like apartments," he added. "I like the coaches. They have a good head on their shoulders and really know what they are talking about. I like the stadium. It was really big. I can just picture myself playing there. Everything stood out."

With Auburn looking for long, athletic defenders capable of playing safety, the outside linebacker, and star position, Johnson is a prospect that could fit at any one of those spots down the road. Right now though he said the Tigers like him as a true safety and that's a position he likes.

"They like me at safety," Johnson said. "I would rather play defense anyway. I play (safety) in high school so I feel comfortable there. I prefer defense. For one, defensive players last longer than offense."

Saying that he's still committed to Mississippi State, Johnson said Auburn definitely made an impact on him. While he doesn't yet have an offer from the Tigers, he said that they are running a close second at the moment to the Bulldogs and still have a chance to catch up.

"Auburn is at the top of the list, I can tell you that," Johnson said. "I'm still committed to Mississippi State. They are right there under them. They are still talking about it (an offer). They want to make sure I've got my mind set before they get their mind set.

"It would be another blessing from God," he said of what an Auburn offer would mean. "Coming from a small town where I'm from you don't get too many opportunities like that. It would be a blessing."

Currently with offers from Ole Miss, Memphis and Southern Miss in addition to Mississippi State, Johnson said he plans to return to Auburn for a spring practice and possibly the A-Day game on April 19.

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