Four-Star Linebacker Talks AU Visit

Talented linebacker prospect A.J. Johnson talks about his visit to Auburn on Thursday.

Gainesville, Ga.--One of the South's top linebacker prospects took an unofficial visit to Auburn on Thursday and said following his trip that he plans to check out the Tigers again as soon as possible. Athletic A.J. Johnson was once a commitment to Tennessee, but following the coaching change he's opened his recruiting back up and one of the places he's looking is Auburn.

"It went good," Johnson said. "This was my second time coming down in like two years. I like it a lot so they're going to be getting up in my top and stuff. It was a nice visit."

A.J. Johnson in action

Checking out Auburn for the first time with coach Gene Chizik and his staff at the helm, Johnson said he had a chance to see the facilities, meet with academic advisors, as well as sit down and talk to the coaches. In all he said the visit went very well and he's hoping to get back for Auburn's Big Cat Weekend in May.

"Pretty much, I got here and talked with the coaches and they were straight-up and real cool," Johnson said. "I'd love to come back and get to chill with the players and go more around campus and see how I like it."

One of the coaches Johnson spent the most time with was Auburn defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Ted Roof. Talking football and the Tigers' depth chart, Johnson noted that the lack of players at his position makes Auburn an intriguing school to look at for him.

"They've got nine linebackers that are going to be playing for next year," he said. "That's a small number. He was like you've got a good chance to come in and fight for a position and play instead of going somewhere and having like 13 linebackers to try and start over.

"That's real good. Some places I go have 13 people in front of me. I go here and got nine. That's an easier chance to fight-up and get a starting spot."

With too many offers to count, Johnson has his choice of just about anywhere in the country to play football next season. Because of that he said he plans to take his time making a decision.

"Right now, I'm wide open," Johnson said. "I'm just going anywhere visiting places. Where they want me to come, I'll come visit. If I get a good vibe for the place, I'll come back and try to come visit again…Right now, I'd say Clemson is recruiting me the hardest right now."

Saying he plans to cut his list down to four during or near the end of the summer, one of the possibilities for Johnson's schools could be on how seriously they're recruiting his brother Nick Johnson. A tight end at Georgia Military College, he said playing with his brother in the future could be something that influences his decision.

"He's coming out when I'm coming out," Johnson said. "Any school who can take him and me, that's a top school automatically.

"That's something I definitely want to do. If it can't possibly happen, I don't know. That's what I want."


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