8 Recruits Who Could Join 4-Star ATH Kerryon Johnson at Auburn

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IApril 29, 2014

8 Recruits Who Could Join 4-Star ATH Kerryon Johnson at Auburn

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    Kerryon Johnson is a 4-star athlete who deserves to be considered a 5-star recruit. The Alabama native plays for Madison Academy, where he makes his presence felt as a running back and safety.

    At 6'0" and 200 pounds, Johnson has exceptional instincts and awareness. With his natural feel for the game, Johnson is a confident player who works with a lot of poise. He also has excellent quickness and strength at both of his top positions.

    Auburn's recruiting class will be headlined by Johnson, who will surely attract several other elite recruits. A 5-star quarterback from Florida may join him, while a 5-star defensive tackle could also end up on The Plains.

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Rankings.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.


Jovon Robinson, RB

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    Jovon Robinson is a familiar face to Auburn, as he signed with the Tigers in 2012. Since then, however, he has had to go the JUCO route, where he's had great success.

    Robinson, a 4-star running back, was the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year in 2013, according to 247Sports. The 5'11", 225-pounder has a solid combination of speed and power. He would surely be ready to carry the ball immediately for head coach Gus Malzahn. 

Darius Slayton, CB

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    At 6'2" and 182 pounds, Darius Slayton is a tall cornerback from Georgia who knows how to run. He exhibits terrific speed to carry receivers all over the field in coverage, plus Slayton has the ability to play receiver. He would give Auburn a long cornerback who can keep up with speedy SEC receivers in man coverage.

    Chad Simmons of Scout.com wrote in August of 2013:

    He has family ties to the University and the state it is located in.

Eric Swinney, RB

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    Although he isn't smooth, Eric Swinney is one of the better running backs in the South. He runs in Georgia for Sandy Creek High School.

    Swinney has excellent toughness, as he runs hard on every carry. He attacks the line of scrimmage with force from deep in the backfield, plus he accelerates well out of his cuts. The 5'10", 188-pounder is also capable of breaking a tackle or two.

    Auburn is thick in the mix with other schools such as Tennessee, Ole Miss, Florida State and Georgia, according to 247Sports

Jamal Peters, S

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    Jamal Peters is a 4-star safety from Mississippi who can impact the game on all three levels of the field. He has no problem sitting as a single-high safety on top of the defense, nor is he uncomfortable on the second level.

    The 6'3", 200-pounder also is willing to jam tight ends at the line of scrimmage. Peters could stay in the secondary in college, but don't be shocked if he eventually becomes a linebacker.

    Auburn, Ole Miss, Alabama, Mississippi State and Florida State are all in the hunt, per 247Sports

Jeffery Holland, LB

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    A versatile and athletic linebacker, Jeffery Holland is a 4-star prospect who could be ready to help as a true freshman.

    Holland, who is 6'2" and 230 pounds, can rush the passer with quickness and strength off the edge. Yet, he also has the speed and vision to track running backs across the box. The Florida native has a great surge to close on ball-carriers, plus he is capable of becoming solid in coverage.

    Florida is the favorite, says 247Sports, but keep an eye on Auburn.

Daron Payne, DT

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    Hailing from Alabama, Daron Payne is a 5-star defensive tackle who is an in-state target for Auburn. Payne is 6'2" and 316 pounds, plus he has exceptional strength and power.

    His ability to occupy blockers would be welcomed by the linebackers on the Tigers' roster, as they would have more room to roam free. Payne also plays with good leverage at the point of attack, plus he has more quickness than many think.

    Texas has gotten involved, but Alabama and Auburn are key schools for Payne, according to 247Sports.

Torrance Gibson, QB

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    At 6'4" and 200 pounds, Torrance Gibson is a 5-star dual-threat quarterback prospect from Florida. He has terrific size, plus the lefty is a natural playmaker.

    Gibson has above-average arm strength to pitch the ball to all levels of the field. His accuracy is adequate at this stage, plus he can throw with touch. If things break down in the pocket, his mobility and athleticism can be used to make plays with his legs.

    Auburn is battling schools such as Ohio State and Tennessee for Gibson, according to 247Sports.

Trent Thompson, DT

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    Georgia is home to 5-star defensive tackle Trent Thompson, who is the top player in the 247Sports composite rankings.

    The 6'4", 292-pounder is a prototypical three-technique defensive tackle. Thompson can force guards to open their hips immediately at the snap with his explosiveness. He makes a ton of plays in the opposing team's backfield and he must be accounted for every snap.

    Georgia has a good chance, but Auburn is thick in the mix, says 247Sports.


    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.