Bigger, Stronger Johnson Ready For SR Year

Auburn commitment Kerryon Johnson kicks off his senior season Friday night against Leeds on ESPNU.

Madison, Ala.--Last season Auburn commitment Kerryon Johnson and Madison Academy finished off a perfect 15-0 season and back-to-back championships by taking out Leeds 31-14 in the 3A title game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The first step towards a three-peat will be a familiar one for Johnson and company this Friday night when the Green Wave rolls into Madison Academy for a shot at revenge in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

Battling through shoulder problems that would eventually require surgery, Johnson managed to run for 93 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries in the victory. That was on top of his MVP performance as a sophomore in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Now back for his final season with the Mustangs, the 6-0, 200 running back noted that he can’t wait to get it started.

“I’m very excited,” Johnson said. “It comes up fast. I’m really excited just to see what’s in store for the future. We’re very excited about this weekend. First we get to play a great team like Leeds. We had a great game last year and another one this year. The ESPN factor is going to add a whole new level of excitement in both teams. At the same time we’ve got to keep our head and realize the opportunity we have and not get caught up in everything else.”

Kerryon Johnson is a do-everything back for Madison Academy

Also a talented defensive back and kick returner for Coach Eric Cohu's team, Johnson shares the duties at running back with physical 2016 prospect Malik Miller, who also has an Auburn offer. Focusing on getting his body more prepared for what he will face in the SEC has already started for Johnson and he said so far he’s pleased with what he’s accomplished.

“I feel like overall I’m just a much smarter player than I was my freshman year,” Johnson said. “I also feel like I have gotten bigger, faster and stronger. I’m a lot stronger just in the gains I have done now. That’s two areas I have improved. You can never be too smart of a football player so that’s important.”

Choosing the Tigers in April over Alabama, Florida State and several other schools, Johnson has been busy since that time getting to know his fellow commitments and building a bond with them in preparation for next fall. While that has only strengthened his ties to Auburn, he said for him it’s still about the coaches and what they represent each and every day on the Plains.

“The Auburn coaching staff, they are just high-energy guys,” Johnson pointed out. “They are family-loving guys and that really drew me to them. You just know they are going to bring energy every day and they also care about you as a person and as an athlete. That really drew me to them.”

Pumped up about heading to Auburn next fall and being part of the future with Gus Malzahn and company, Johnson said his first order of business is helping the Mustangs win another title and that starts on Friday.

“I’m excited for my future at Madison Academy,” Johnson said. “We’ve got a chance to get three-straight state championship rings. That’s not something many teams or programs can say.

"Auburn is shooting for their second and we are in store for multiple championship rings the next five years," he added. "It’s hard not to be excited about something like that when you know you’re helping put it together.”

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