State Champion QB Enjoys Auburn Visit

Class of 2016 QB prospect Tyler Johnston from Spanish Fort High discusses his visit to check out the Auburn Tigers.

Spanish Fort, Ala.--Already an accomplished quarterback with a perfect 15-0 season and a state championship to his credit as a sophomore, Tyler Johnston has seen colleges take notice of his potential even though he still has two years of high school remaining.

Snagging his first offer from UAB, Johnson recently took a visit to Auburn to see the Tigers and said he loved what he saw on the Plains.

"It was great," Johnston said. "I got to meet Coach (Rhett) Lashlee and Coach (Dameyune) Craig was really nice. The campus was really good too. I had a fun time.

"Coach Lashlee asked me a lot of questions, but I had fun with it," he added. "He's a nice guy and I want to work with him sometime. They might have a 7-on-7 there so that could be a chance to throw in front of him."

Knowing that Auburn wants to take a closer look at him is something that is exciting for Johnston. Athletic with a strong arm, he said that the Tigers' offense is one he enjoys watching and for them to be keeping an eye on him is big.

"It is really big for me," Johnston said. "Knowing they want to see more from me is great.

"If I did go there it would be great," he added. "It looks like a great campus and a great school to go to. The new dorms are really cool, too."

Leading a dominating season for the Toros in 2013, Johnston threw for more than 3,100 yards and 31 touchdowns on the way to the 5A State Championship. As a runner he produced nearly 900 yards and 11 scores. The sophomore was named MVP of title game, completing 10 of 15 passes for 219 yards and adding 53 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground in a 35-14 win over Muscle Shoals.

"It's just good coaches and a good team around me," Johnston said. "That's how you get there, you play with good people that want to win a championship. We move up to 6A next year, but I think I'll be ready for it."

As for his recruiting, Johnston said he's just taking things in stride. With still plenty of time before he has to begin thinking seriously about his future, he added that right now it's all about winning football games and enjoying the ride.

"I like it and I'm glad it's happening," Johnston said. "I'm just glad I have a great team and great coaches that allow me to do this."

In addition to his offer from UAB and his interest in Auburn, Johnston said he's also hearing from LSU and Ole Miss.

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