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Auburn Still In Good Shape With Four-Star Defensive End Prospect

In-state defensive end prospect Ryan Johnson talks about his most recent visit to Auburn.

Mobile, Ala.--Four-star defensive end Ryan Johnson grew up a fan of Auburn football and says it is exciting that Coach Gus Malzahn’s staff has continued to let him know that he is a priority recruit.

The 6-4, 255-pound class of 2017 prospect from St. Paul’s lists the Tigers at the top of his favorites list along with Notre Dame, Stanford and Alabama.

On campus earlier this month for Auburn’s Big Cat Weekend, he gave the trip a thumbs and got a first-hand report on the AU program from two of his friends from the Mobile area who are on the Auburn team--junior linebacker Tre Williams from St. Paul’s and new arrival Tre Threat, a linebacker from Spanish Fort High.

“I asked them how the summer workouts and summer classes are,” Johnson said. “They told me there is a lot of running, but everything is going great.”

Johnson said he is glad he made the trip to check out Big Cat Weekend, which he said was a lot of fun and a good opportunity to get to know Auburn’s coaches.

“It was a great visit,” he said. “I got to talk to the coaches a lot and to the players. Auburn has a great family atmosphere. I came with my mom, dad and my cousin and they got to experience it. It was an all-around good experience.

“They have let me know they really want me,” he said. “It is nice to know that you are a priority. I keep in contact with the coaches a lot.”

At St. Paul’s the prospect also competes on the track team that won a state championship this year and he has set a goal to be the shot put champ as a senior. “I improved my throw seven feet in one day,” he said. “I threw 48 feet. I just learned to glide and having a year of training will be great.”

In the classroom he is certainly doing great. “I have a 3.9 (grade point average) and I am going to try to keep it there and get it even higher. I want to major in engineering.”

Johnson said he plans to narrow his list of colleges later this summer and noted that without a doubt that Auburn will be on it.

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