Juco DT Enjoys Auburn Visit, More To Go

Toby Johnson

Toby Johnson talks about his visit to see the Auburn Tigers and when he plans to make his delayed decision.

Hutchinson, Kan.—Recovering from knee surgery that cut short his 2012 season at Hutchinson Community College, defensive lineman Toby Johnson hasn't seen his recruiting slack off any as top schools from across the country have remained steadfast in pursuit.

Over the weekend he took a trip to see the Auburn Tigers and says that Coach Gus Malzahn's program is an impressive one and definitely in the mix.

"I just liked the players and staff," Johnson notes. "They just brought me in and made me feel like family.

"I'm kind of a people person," he says. "Everybody is going to have good facilities and it's the people that are there that make the difference. That's how I look at it.

The visit just went well," he adds. "I liked everything about it. I'm just excited about everything they've got going on down there at Auburn."

One of the things that Auburn has going for it is that former Hutchinson teammates Ben Bradley and Devonte Danzey are already on campus and fellow Blue Dragon Kenny Flowers is committed as well. Getting the opportunity to hang out with Bradley and Danzey, Johnson notes he got a great feeling being with them.

"I liked being able to see them again," Johnson says. "It felt like we were back at the house again. I liked all the recruits they brought down there, too. We had a good time. It just feels like a family down there."

Being recruited for Auburn by Coach Rodney Garner, Johnson says his long relationship with the former Georgia coach is definitely something that is working in the Tigers' favor. Very familiar with the former Auburn player and coach after being recruited out of Banneker High in College Park, Ga., Johnson adds they didn't have a ton of time to talk, but it was quality time.

"We didn't have a lot of time to sit down and talk, but he would come to see me a lot," Johnson says. "We've talked about everything. I know what I've got to do. I know what he wants me to come up there and do."

Saying his knee is feeling good and he's on track to be back in action this coming fall, Johnson notes that he's getting closer to a final decision but has another school to visit first. Planning to hold off on his commitment until after a visit to Mississippi State on Feb. 15, Johnson says he'll choose between Auburn, Mississippi State, Georgia and Oklahoma on Feb. 19 at Hutchinson.

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