What it means: Johnson is a huge win for Auburn’s recruiting effort. Not only did the Tigers beat out archrival Alabama for the Under Armour All-American, but also national title game opponent Florida State. This is a big feather in the cap for Gus Malzahn and his staff as they continue to prove they can consistently compete with anyone. On the field, the 6-foot, 200-pounder is a talented running back who also possesses the versatility to play safety at a high level.
What he brings: Johnson could get play on either side of the ball, but for Auburn it looks like this thickly-built, explosive prospect is going to line up in the backfield. Johnson will give Malzahn’s offense a powerful downhill presence that will draw defenders into the box and use his burst to exploit a crease for big gainers.
Strength of commitment: Auburn stands a great chance of holding on to and signing Johnson. The Auburn staff has been recruiting Johnson at running back the longest, which is key. Others have waffled between recruiting Johnson as a safety, athlete or running back.
Biggest threat: When the competition for a player like Johnson is Alabama and Florida State, it’s nearly impossible to say that a commitment in April is 100 percent because neither school will walk away until the signature is dry on signing day in 2015.