4-Star QB Talks About Decision To Be A Tiger

Jeremy Johnson

Auburn landed a four-star quarterback on Sunday to add another piece to what is already a strong start to the 2013 class.

Montgomery, Ala.—Rated a four-star prospect and the number 22 quarterback in the country by Scout.com, 6-6, 210 Carver standout Jeremy Johnson made his decision on Sunday as he picked the Auburn Tigers after a long courtship with Coach Gene Chizik and his staff. A physical presence in the pocket that is also a big-time basketball prospect, Johnson said Auburn was just the right fit for him in every area.

"I have officially committed to being an Auburn Tiger," Johnson said. "First it started with God. I prayed about it and talked to my family about it. I'm right up the road 30 minutes away and close to home. That's big for me.

"Right now I'm excited," he added. "I'm ready to give the news to my brother and especially my school. I can imagine how it's going to be when everybody at Auburn knows. It's going to be great. I'm preparing myself for it. It's a great feeling. I just want to thank God. That's the Man who did it for me and gave me the ability to be this person."

Choosing Auburn over LSU and Ole Miss, Johnson said he also had offers from several more schools including Purdue, Arkansas State, Memphis, Southern Miss, Houston, and Tulane. Deciding to go ahead and pull the trigger, Johnson said he's happy to get it out of the way so he can get ready for his senior season.

"It's good because now I don't really have too much to think about," Johnson said. "Now I can just focus on my grades and the football season. This is going to be a huge season for me and my team and especially the community. I feel like I should give us a chance to win the state this year in football after we did it in basketball."

One of the biggest reasons for Johnson's decision was his relationship with Auburn first-year offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Scot Loeffler. He said Loeffler made it very clear that Johnson is the guy he's been looking for at the position.

"I knew it when he came and evaluated me in the spring," Johnson said. "He me throw an under-the-center post route he just shook his head. He said he called Coach Chizik then and said ‘that's my guy'. That gave me an idea.

"He said that after watching me throw when he's been going out he's been telling everybody no," he added. "He said he told Coach Chizik that I'm his guy, I'm the chosen one. He has just been telling everybody no so it feels good to be his guy."

Now the biggest question surrounding Johnson is will basketball be a part of his future? A player that has basketball offers from Auburn, Alabama and Mississippi State, Johnson said it's something he hopes he can do on the Plains but it's not a focus at the moment.

"It just depends," Johnson said. "I haven't said too much about basketball with them. We're going to see. Of course I want to play for Auburn. It has been done, two-sports, and I feel like I can do it. It just depends on how it is when I get up there."

With his decision out of the way, Johnson said his dual focus now is on helping the Wolverines to a state title on the gridiron next fall and also to add more players to Auburn's 2013 recruiting class.

"I set goals for the spring that I wrote down," he said. "It was to be a leader and just manage the offense, and work on my footwork and my mechanics. I just have things I need to work on.

"Hopefully I'll come down next weekend for Big Cat Weekend," Johnson added. "I want to talk to the receivers and tight ends. I most definitely want to get O.J. (O.J. Howard). I have been talking to him. That's my main target right now."

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