This week he was on the Auburn campus for a workout with the Tigers and also the opportunity to sit down with the coaching staff and left very impressed by the SEC school.
“It was a great experience to come out and hang with some of the players and get to know the coaches a little bit,” Johnson said. “It was fun. I liked the campus, the school and I’m a big fan of the football program. It was kind of fun to get around here and try to get to know these coaches and get recruited by these guys.”
Saying that Auburn is interested in him following his camp experience, Johnson said at the moment the Tigers still haven’t offered. They did spend a lot of time with him while on his trip, however, including Coach Gus Malzahn.
“It was kind of overwhelming at the time, sitting down with a great coach, all these great coaches,” Johnson said. “After a while it kind of came easy and it was a great experience.”
In addition to meeting with Malzahn, Johnson and Newkirk also got to catch up with former Evans High teammate Tony Stevens. A redshirt sophomore receiver for the Tigers, Stevens is someone Auburn is counting on to provide depth this season and he had nothing but positives to tell Johnson about his experience.
“He said the same thing I said, it's a great experience,” Johnson said. “You get a lot of love here on and off the field. People are always going out of the way to help you. Academics, they stay on you. It's a really nice place.”
Currently with Louisville, East Carolina and Miami as his top three, Johnson said an offer from Auburn would “mean a lot” to him. Adding that he’s a big fan of the school, he said the Tigers would jump into his top group if they extended the offer.
“I like how they practice, how they work over the summer,” Johnson said. “Pretty much everyone is held accountable for their own and how everybody works hard even when their coach isn't around. It's good to see that. Everybody is pushing each other to be better.”