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Four-star QB commits to Auburn over LSU, others

Jeremy Johnson

Last week, Auburn was one of a handful of finalists who lost out — for now — on four-star Salt Lake City quarterback Cooper Bateman, who gave a non-binding verbal commitment to Alabama.

The Tigers, though, have landed another similarly-starred member of the Class of 2013.

AuburnSports.com was one of several recruiting websites confirming with Jeremy Johnson himself that the quarterback informed AU of his decision to verbal to the school on an unofficial visit Sunday.  The Mobile, Ala, native opted for the Tigers over, among others, SEC rivals LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Johnson, who allowed that LSU and Ole Miss were his other three finalists, said in essence that AU’s homefield advantage played a significant role in his decision.

“It feels great,” Johnson, who is the first verbal for the Tigers at his position in next year’s class, told the Rivals.com AU website. “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.”

That ability has led to both 247Sports.com and Scout.com rating Johnson as a four-star prospect, with the former placing him at No. 13 among pro-style QBs and the latter at No. 18 among all of the signal callers, pro-style or dual-threat.

Rivals rates Johnson as a three-star prospect and the No. 18 pro-style QB.

(Photo credit: Mobile (Ala.) Carver High School)

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13 Responses to “Four-star QB commits to Auburn over LSU, others”
  1. timh1955 says: May 21, 2012 11:30 AM

    If Bama didn’t want him he isn’t that good.

  2. fitz66 says: May 21, 2012 11:41 AM

    Interesting, I didn’t think AU had that much cap space this offseason.

  3. kozbee says: May 21, 2012 11:46 AM

    Jeremy Johnson is not the ath that Newton was but he will leave his mark at Auburn.You Tiger fans imo got a better QB with Johnson then with Bateman.Arm strength this kid Johnson has a cannon for a long ball and can hit targets well.Congrats Auburn fans Les Miles knows what he lost by not recruiting him as well as Miss st and Ole Miss.And by the way if Auburn should win in the Iron Bowl this season don`t let a bammer catch you sleeping.lol

  4. bullneck11 says: May 21, 2012 12:07 PM

    John:

    Your title sure is trying to put a negative spin against LSU. I have no idea if you are an Auburn homer or what, but you seem to be trying you best to throw rocks at LSU.

    I don’t blame him for staying home plus he was very high on LSU and Ole Miss and the home state advantage was the reason.

    Keep trying to throw those rocks at LSU. That means the LSU Tigers have your attention.

  5. papabush88 says: May 21, 2012 12:16 PM

    Is this one of those moments where Les Miles tells the media “Well, Cooper obviously doesn’t have the cajones to play power football. He can’t handle playing for a team like LSU.” etc etc. blah blah blah.

    Actually, I love Les and other coaches like Leach. They make CFB better than the NFL.

  6. rolltide510 says: May 21, 2012 12:19 PM

    bullneck11 says:
    May 21, 2012 12:07 PM
    John:

    Your title sure is trying to put a negative spin against LSU. I have no idea if you are an Auburn homer or what, but you seem to be trying you best to throw rocks at LSU.

    I don’t blame him for staying home plus he was very high on LSU and Ole Miss and the home state advantage was the reason.

    Keep trying to throw those rocks at LSU. That means the LSU Tigers have your attention.
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    whoooooooah boy.

  7. fhuizar says: May 21, 2012 1:13 PM

    He’ll transfer to UAB in 2014

  8. lucky5934 says: May 21, 2012 2:45 PM

    Fitz66,

    I just love your originality. Please tell me who writes your witty jokes for you.

  9. lucky5934 says: May 21, 2012 2:52 PM

    Bullneck11,

    Seriously? How is stating a fact that this QB chose Auburn over LSU and other schools, throwing rocks? What did you doze off during an episode of The View and wake up ultra sensitive? Sounds more like you are trying to keep the attention on LSU… Something that hasn’t happened since that beatdown by Alabama.

  10. imforbigblue says: May 21, 2012 8:12 PM

    How much did his dad ask for?

  11. Deb says: May 21, 2012 8:34 PM

    Congrats to Auburn. Normally I don’t get too enthusiastic about verbal commitments, but Johnson’s a hometown guy and probably grew up an Auburn fan, so he’s much more likely to follow through. Good luck to him!

  12. saints25 says: May 22, 2012 10:10 AM

    LSU WILL TAKE THIS GUY INSTEAD :-)
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    RT@sheadixon Huge commit for LSU >>QB “Hayden Rettig” just committed to LUS

  13. saints25 says: May 22, 2012 10:10 AM

    LSU

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