RYAN JOHNSON (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

4-Star Defensive End Prospect Ryan Johnson Talks About His Official Visit to Auburn

St. Paul's of Mobile football prospect Ryan Johnson visited Auburn as he closes in on his decision about where to play college football.

Mobile, Ala.--Auburn, the first college to offer a scholarship to four-star defensive end Ryan Johnson, may have gotten his final official visit before he makes his college choice.

The senior from St. Paul’s said that the Tigers and Stanford Cardinal are “definitely” at the top of his list, but notes he is looking at others, too. “I may be going to Texas and USC,” he said “I am not sure. Depending on how Texas and USC goal then we’ll go from there.”

The Under Armour All-American said he could be ready to make his decision as early as Friday, but that isn’t definite. 

Asked what he is looking for in his choice, he said, “Somewhere I am comfortable with, somewhere if I get hurt I can see myself there taking regular classes and getting along with players and coaches.

“I want to go somewhere with a winning program,” he added. “Nobody likes losing so I've got to go somewhere I can win.”

Commenting on his official visit to Auburn, Johnson said, “It was great. I got to spend a lot of time with the players and coaches and everything. I am just happy to be back up at Auburn. I haven't been up since a football game so I loved it all. I spent time with different people and meeting new people and everything. It was great.”

Commenting on Auburn and Stanford said, “Right now they are pretty even, honestly. Both are pretty good schools. I am just trying to figure it out.”

Auburn coaches are expected to make an in-home visit with Johnson on Tuesday and Stanford is expected in the following day.

His relationship with the Auburn coaches has been on-going for several years. “I always feel like a priority,”?he said of the recruiting process related to AU. “It is honestly crazy because they were my first offer, and I grew up an Auburn fan. It is crazy how fast these two years went by, and they haven't really wavered. I always feel like a priority here."

Defensive tackle Derrick Brown was his player host on the visit and he spent time with a variety of others, including St. Paul’s alumnus Tre Williams, a linebacker for the Tigers. He also hung out with Auburn commitments K.J. Britt, Malcolm Askew, Tadarius Moultry and Jordyn Peters, who were his teammates in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.

Brown said he wants to major in engineering in college, but has yet to decide what specific type.

Currently 6-3 1/2, 247 pounds, Johnson said he believes he is still growing and hopes that he will get to six-foot-five as a collegian.

Asked if he learned anything new about Auburn on his official visit said, he said, “I think the only new thing I saw was the game room at the bottom of the dorm. That was a high spot for everybody.”


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