Already the Gatorade Player of the Year in Alabama as well as earning MVP in both the 3A title game and the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, Johnson put the finishing touches on one of the most distinguished careers in state history with an outstanding senior season.
"It's a tremendous blessing," Johnson said. "You look back and just getting the awards that I have won, there are a lot of talented people in this state. Winning these awards just proves that I'm up there no matter the classification. That's just a blessing."
Part of three consecutive state championships at Madison Academy, Johnson had a monster senior season for the Mustangs in 2014 and finished it off in style at Jordan-Hare Stadium in a 70-34 win over Dale County.
Touching the ball just 10 total times, Johnson scored four rushing touchdowns, added a 66-yard touchdown reception and finished his six-touchdown performance with a pick six. Throw in five tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble from his safety position and it was the fitting final game for his Madison Academy team by one of the most versatile players to play high school football in the state.
As a senior he ran for 1,659 yards and 25 touchdowns, caught 22 passes for 598 yards and eight touchdowns while adding 71 tackles, five forced fumbles and six interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns. That was easily enough for him to win Mr. Football, something he noted that he couldn't have done alone.
"It's mind-blowing for me," Johnson said. "Really I just have to thank my teammates and Coach (Eric) Cohu and the rest of the coaching staff. They brought me up the correct way. They showed me how to play. They have blocked for me. They have thrown the ball to me. A lot of things weren't possible without those guys. It's a tribute to them too."
Johnson is solidly committed to Auburn and will be on the Plains this weekend along with most of his fellow commitments as well as a host of five-star and four-star uncommitted visitors. Included in that list are five-star defensive lineman Byron Cowart and four-star Terry Beckner, two players Johnson met while at the Under Armour All-American Game earlier this month.
Johnson was impressive during his week of work at the Under Armour game
Johnson becomes the third consecutive Auburn commitment to win Mr. Football, joining running back Roc Thomas and quarterback Jeremy Johnson the last two years. Overall he becomes the ninth Auburn commitment to win the award since Freddy Weygand won it in the second year of existence in 1983. Others were Darrell "Lectron" Williams in 1988, DeMarco McNeil in 1998, Carnell Williams in 2000, Brandon Cox in 2001 and Clint Moseley in 2008.