Surprise Recruit Has Impressive Credentials

Carlton Johnson

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Lynn Haven, Fla.--Coach Tommy Tuberville's signing class grew on Wednesday with the addition of an athletic linebacker who has plenty of speed.

Carlton Johnson, a teammate of tailback signee Enrique Davis, signed Auburn University scholarship papers along with his Parade All-American teammate on Wednesday at Mosley High School.

Johnson is quite an impressive player, too. At 6-2, 195 pounds he is a three-year starter for the Dolphins who was a star performer for Coach Perry Brown.

"I cover sideline to sideline and make plays," Johnson tells Inside the Auburn Tigers while describing his style of play. "I can clog holes, too."

An under the radar recruit for Tuberville, Johnson has not taken an official visit to Auburn, but did attend a summer football camp. "I came to Auburn with my high school team and I liked it a lot," Johnson says.

Johnson, who is rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com, didn't receive nearly as much recruiting attention as would be expected. A major reason for that is because colleges backed off when it looked like he wasn't going to be an academic qualifier.

However, that is subject to change. Brown says that the linebacker is making progress in the classroom and the senior agrees. Johnson notes that he has been taking ACT preparation classes and adds, "It has been helping a lot and it has been helping me in my math class, too," he says. "I got a B in it for the first time."

Brown says the linebacker deserves an A for his on the field play. He had 134 tackles as a junior and 126 as a senior, including 21 against Lincoln High in Tallahassee. "That was my best game of the season," Johnson says.

He also scored three touchdowns in spot duty as a backup at tailback to Davis.

Johnson, who also competes in track and field on the 4x100 relay team, says he can run a sub 4.5 40 and has a best high jump of six feet, four inches. The linebacker notes he bench presses 330 pounds.

If Johnson can take care of his academic business he will make an interesting addition to what is already shaping up to be a very strong signee class.

Brown says that the three-year starter is a big-time recruit. "He can catch the ball, he can throw the ball. He is a great tackler. He has real good speed and strength. He can do it all. He is definitely a Division I player."


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