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May 20, 2012- -
Auburn has picked up a commitment from one of the country's top quarterback prospects.
Carver (Montgomery, Ala.) High's Jeremy Johnson, ranked the nation's No. 18 pro-style quarterback, informed Auburn coach Gene Chizik and offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler of his decision Sunday during an unofficial visit.
"It feels great," said Johnson. "I prayed about it, talked to my family about it and I feel like it's the best choice for me. Auburn is right up the road from home.
"I'm excited about going to Auburn. It's a great feeling. I thank God. He is the one who gave me this ability."
Johnson, 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, is Auburn's ninth commitment in the 2013 class. He chose the Tigers over offers from LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Purdue, Memphis, Tulane, Arkansas State and Southern Miss, among others.
"It was really a three-team race between Auburn, LSU and Ole Miss, but in the end I knew Auburn is where I wanted to go," said Johnson. "I like the coaches, especially Coach Chizik and Coach Loeffler."
Johnson said Loeffler, the Tigers' first-year coordinator, played a big role in his decision to commit to Auburn.
"I have a great relationship with him," said Johnson. "Coach Loeffler is a great guy. He came out and watched me throw in the spring and that showed me a lot."
Johnson is also a standout in basketball having garnered several offers including ones from Auburn, Alabama and Mississippi State. Playing two sports in college isn't out of the question.
"It's been done before, playing two sports," said Johnson. "I feel like I can do it, but it will depend on how everything goes once I get there."
With his college decision now out of the way, Johnson said he will turn from recruit to recruiter.
"I'm most definitely going to try and get O.J. Howard," said Johnson of the state's top tight end prospect who is currently committed to Alabama. "He is my main target."
During his sophomore and junior seasons, Johnson combined to complete 62 percent of his passes (385-of-618) for 5,087 yards and 48 touchdowns. Johnson threw for more than 200 yards in a game 16 times including a career-best 316 yards against Auburn High in 2010.
That year, his sophomore season, Johnson threw for 2,707 yards, 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions as he connected on 187-of-290 passes.
Johnson is Auburn's second commitment on the offensive side of the ball joining Rivals250 receiver Earnest Robinson.
The Tigers have six commitments on the defensive side of the ball: Rivals100 linebacker Trey Johnson, Rivals100 defensive lineman Dee Liner, Rivals100 defensive end Carl Lawson, linebacker Jarrad Davis, three-star linebacker Cameron Toney and three-star cornerback Kamryn Melton.
The nation's No. 1 kicker, Jimmy Hutchinson, is also committed to Auburn.
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