Johnson Pumped For Big Cat; Auburn Future

Kerryon Johnson talks about Big Cat Weekend and the future backfield for the Tigers

Madison, Ala.--Auburn commitment and four-star running back Kerryon Johnson has made numerous visits to the Plains over the years to see the Tigers, but this weekend will be different.

One of several big-time players expected in for the annual Big Cat Weekend, Johnson said he's excited to finally have his chance to see what all the fuss is about.

"I'm very excited about things," Johnson said. "I had a chance to come last year but wasn't able to make it. It sounds like a good fun, family thing and I'm really excited about it.

"I'm just really looking forward to getting to know some of the other recruits," he added. "It will be fun to hang out with people I'm usually not around a lot and from other places. That's going to be very exciting."

Part of a group of commitments expected to be in for the weekend including four-star quarterback Tyler Queen and fellow four-star linebacker Darrell Williams from Hoover, Johnson said the weekend is all about building camaraderie heading into the 2015 season and trying to get more guys on board.

"That will be great," Johnson said of having the chance to talk to other guys about Auburn. "We don't get to see each other all that often. Whenever we get a chance to get together and talk about things that is already building team chemistry even before we get there. That never hurts.

"I'm looking forward to really getting to talk to Tyler. He's really the only guy I have had an actual conversation with for the most part so talking to everybody else will be good."

Choosing Auburn over Alabama, Florida State and others just before Auburn's A-Day weekend, Johnson said since that time everything has been great for him.

"It's going to be very exciting with the weapons we're going to have. It's just going to be unreal." Johnson on Auburn's running back group

Getting his decision out of the way so he could focus on his senior season was important for the talented tailback and safety but an added benefit has been taking the pressure off himself.

"It has been a huge weight off my shoulders," Johnson said. "I have been very relieved and stress-free. I haven't received any bad notions from it or anything. It has just been great."

Johnson was the first back to come on board for the Tigers in this recruiting class with five-star junior college standout Jovon Robinson committing one month later. The two will join up with five-star Racean Thomas, Peyton Barber and Kamryn Pettway in Auburn's backfield starting next season, something that has Johnson thrilled.

"That's awesome," Johnson said. "The more guys we have in the backfield, the more guys who can make a difference and the more guys that get to touch the ball. No one can will take a beating. It's just awesome. He's a great running back. Roc is great. Peyton is great. Everybody is really good. That just makes it harder for the defense to know who is getting the ball and the style of running is all different between us.

"It's going to be very exciting with the weapons we're going to have," he added. "It's just going to be unreal."


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