Sack Star Discusses Weekend in Auburn

Kedric Johnson talks about what he liked on his official recruiting trip to check out the Auburn football Tigers.

Palmetto, Fla.--Kedric Johnson knows something about good defense and the Palmetto High star says he saw plenty of it on his official visit to Auburn over the weekend.

The 6-4, 215-pound defensive end notes that he liked everything about his weekend in Auburn, including AU's 14-12 SEC victory over Tennessee.

"I really enjoyed that game," he says. "The Auburn defense was really getting after them."

Auburn's defense held Tennessee to 14 total yards in the fourth quarter as the Tigers were protecting a two-point lead.

"I liked the crowd and the hype at the game and the noise, especially the fourth quarter," Johnson says. "I was on my feet the whole fourth quarter. It was a really great atmosphere."

Johnson made his official visit along with two other Florida prep standouts, safety Zeke Motta from Vero Beach High and linebacker Jon Bostic from Palm Beach Central High.

"My visit went real good," Johnson says. "It was a real good experience. The atmosphere at the game was nice. The players were really cool. Once again, Coach (Terry) Price, Coach Greg Knox and Coach Tommy Tuberville showed me they are an amazing coaching staff."

Defensive end Antoine Carter from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was Johnson's player host. "The hospitality was terrific," he says. "Everybody in Auburn is so nice. That is something that really stands out to me."

Johnson is known for being a strong pass rusher. He finished his junior season with 19 sacks and is on a pace to top that.

"We won our game on Friday night and it was nice to come up to Auburn after that and see Auburn get a win," he notes. "We are 3-1 and we just won our first district game so we are off to a good start."

Asked how he is doing on the field as a senior, Johnson says,"I am playing good. I have a total of 10 to 11 sacks. I should be leading the state in sacks. I have around 25 tackles."

The defensive end credits "being well-coached" and having ability as the keys to his success. "When I am out on the field playing it is just a natural reaction to do what I do," he says.

Johnson, who got Auburn's attention with his performance in a summer football camp at AU, says the academic part of the equation will be an important factor in his college choice.

"They showed us about the major I am interested in and I loved the information they gave me," he says. "That was a real big plus. I am thinking about physical therapy or sports medicine.

"I looking for a place to get a good education and players and coaches I can get along with," he adds. "Auburn really jumped up. I really love Auburn. The others I like are USF, Clemson, Nebraska and Florida."

When is the Palmetto High star going to be ready to pick a college? "I am still am going to make my decision near the end of my season," he says.


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