“Big players know how to make the big play when it counts,” Madison Academy Coach Eric Cohu said. “Certainly it’s a big stage. He’s always been able to do that. He’s always been able to rise to the occasion competitively. That’s probably one of his biggest gifts if knowing how to smell blood, take the situation in hand, take control, and impose his will on opponents.”
Johnson did all that inside the friendly confines of Jordan-Hare Stadium, the place he’s going to call home for his college future. Being able to win a pair of titles in Auburn was huge for Johnson and noted that the last one definitely means a great deal to him.
“It means a lot,” Johnson said. “For these last four years to finish here and next four years starting here, it just doesn’t get sweeter than that for a lot of guys. I’m just blessed for it.”
Saying that he still “feels real good” about his Auburn commitment, Johnson said there is a chance he may take official visits to Alabama and Florida State, but that’s far from a given at this point. “Every time I’m there it just feels like a new time,” he said of Auburn. “It’s awesome and I love it here.”
One of the reasons Johnson is so high on the Tigers is because of his relationship with the Auburn coaches. On Thursday three of those guys were on hand from start to finish to watch the Mustangs win the title. Auburn's offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee watched Johnson's strong performance along with running backs coach Tim Horton and J.B. Grimes, who coaches the offensive line. Johnson said that was huge for him.
“I was trying to stay focused,” Johnson said. “I saw them beforehand. That just shows how loyal they are to their commitments. They said they were going to come and watch and they did. They easily could have left when we went up 21, but they stayed the whole game. I’m sure they are busy people and to take their time out to watch me is huge.”
The next few weeks will be huge for Johnson as well with his inclusion in next week’s Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic and also the Under Armour All-American game in Florida in January. Able to show his skills with the best players in the country, Johnson said he’s ready to see how compares with the best players in the land.
“That experience is going to be awesome,” Johnson said. “Those guys are all really good, five-stars and four-stars. You don’t get that every week-in and week-out no matter what level you play. That’s going to be exciting to see how I stack up against those guys and how they stack up against me.”