Kerryon Johnson to Auburn: Tigers Land 4-Star ATH Prospect

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2014

Credit: 247Sports

Auburn is on its way toward even more success in the future after grabbing a commitment from 4-star athlete Kerryon Johnson.  

Keith Nieburh of revealed the news of the young player's decision on Tuesday:

The Madison, Ala., native is clearly one of the top playmakers in the 2015 class, starring for Madison Academy as both a running back and a safety. He helped lead the school to the last two state championships and will hope to earn another one in his senior year.

According to 247Sports' composite rankings, he is the No. 37 player in the class as well as the No. 2 prospect in the state of Alabama.

At 6'0", 200 pounds, Johnson has the size to run over smaller players while also using the speed and agility to get beyond anyone bigger than him. On the defensive side, he is a ball-hawking safety who knows how to make game-changing plays for his team.

Unsurprisingly, he also is extremely dangerous when he gets the ball in his hands and can take it to the house on offense, defense or special teams.

Josh Bean of described how dominant the versatile player has been throughout his career:

Johnson has been the best player on the field in last three AHSAA Class 3A state title games, starring as a runner, defensive back, receiver and kick returner. He really can do it all and has the size to be a difference maker on either side of the ball. His blend of size, speed and elusiveness has drawn comparisons to 2011 Mr. Football T.J. Yeldon.

As a result of his production, Johnson had the opportunity to play for virtually any college football team in the country. He had narrowed it down to the last three teams to win a national championship: Alabama, Auburn and Florida State.

When discussing his finalists, he gave insight into what he was looking for in a school. Johnson told Mike Herndon of, "They're all great schools, they have winning traditions, they do a good job of developing players -- but also, they're all good academic schools."

By the time he was set to make a decision, there was plenty of excitement all around:

In the end, he chose the Tigers, giving the already talented squad yet another elite player that will be able to contribute early in his career. Considering his size and skill, he might not even need to redshirt.

While he appears more likely to be a running back at the next level, he certainly has a talent to succeed at safety. It will probably just come down to what the coaching staff is looking for at the time. This versatility is another reason he becomes such a valuable commitment.

It will still be a while before the 2015 star steps onto campus, but fans should already start getting excited about the possibilities.


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