Toby Johnson Discusses Upcoming Auburn Visit

Four-star junior college defensive tackle Toby Johnson talks about the Auburn Tigers and what he's looking for on his upcoming visit to the Plains.

Hutchinson, Kan.--With Hutchinson Community College teammates Ben Bradley and Devonte Danzey already on the Auburn campus and fellow teammate Kenny Flowers committed to the Tigers, this weekend's official visit for four-star defensive lineman Toby Johnson is going to almost feel like a homecoming.

A highly-regarded prospect who has a final four of Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State and Oklahoma, Johnson says he's ready to visit the Plains and see everything the program has to offer.

"I'm looking forward to the visit a lot," Johnson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm ready to meet some of the team and meet the coaches. I also want to reunite with Ben and Danzey and meet all of the guys."

Having those current teammates on the roster is something that could play into the decision-making process for Johnson. In addition to those three he also has a close friend on the current Auburn roster in senior safety Demetruce McNeal.

A teammate at Banneker High in College Park, Ga., McNeal is another player who Johnson says can give him a great idea of what life at Auburn is all about.

"It's pretty big," Johnson says. " I want to go somewhere that I know people and not just the coaches. Obviously, I have been down there a lot since high school because I had some other teammates go to school there. Demetruce McNeal is still there. I just want to get down there and see those guys and see how it is. I already know how football is going to be. It's going to take care of itself."

Growing up in Georgia, Johnson was recruited out of high school by current Auburn Coach Rodney Garner while he was with the Bulldogs. Since the defensive line coach got back to the Plains he has talked to Johnson several times and it's one of the things that has the defensive tackle high on the Tigers.

"Me and Coach Garner has been together the longest out of anybody," Johnson says. "He's loyal. You don't get many loyal guys that recruit you, but he cares about you for more than just football."

After having surgery during the season to repair an injured knee, one of the big questions surrounding Johnson's recruiting has been if he would be healthy enough to play next fall? Working hard to get back into form, he says he'll be ready when the time comes to get back on the field.

"I have been rehabbing pretty hard to get back right," Johnson says. "I'm going to get there. The way things are going now I'll be ready."

Planning to wait until after signing day to make his decision, Johnson says he's still looking hard at all four of his favorites and wants to visit Mississippi State as well before he makes his final choice.

"I just found out that I can't split the weekend with Auburn and Mississippi State visits," Johnson says. "I don't want to rush things. It's too big of a decision to rush things.

"I'm just looking for a place where I like the guys," he adds. "I visited Georgia and got along with them good, but almost the whole defense is leaving. I want to see where I fit in with the boys. The relationships are important to me."

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