AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn's backfield continues to stockpile talent.
The Tigers picked up their sixth commitment for their 2015 recruiting haul on Tuesday, when Madison (Ala.) Academy running back Kerryon Johnson gave his verbal commitment. Auburn came out on top of Johnson's two other finalists, Alabama and Florida State.
"It hit me — (Auburn) is where I needed to be," he said during a ceremony at his school. "That's where I needed to be for the next four years."
A consensus four-star prospect by every major recruiting service, Johnson has helped Madison Academy win back-to-back state championships, tallying more than 1,500 total yards and scoring 18 touchdowns last year.
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Now his attention turns to getting even more undecided prospects to pledge to Auburn.
"When you like a school, you want to have other people join (you)," he said, mentioning Class of 2015 quarterback Tyler Queen, who committed to the Tigers last July, has already made his mark selling Auburn to others who have yet to make up their minds.
It continues a trend of highly-touted tailbacks joining the Tigers. Along with returnees Cameron Artis-Payne, Corey Grant and Peyton Barber, Auburn will welcome two freshmen running backs — Racean Thomas and Kamryn Pettway — this fall.
And the Tigers might not be finished, as Georgia Military College running back Jovon Robinson, the top-ranked junior college player in the country in the 2015 class, has Auburn among his top schools.