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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
2015 ATH Johnson works at RB for Tide

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Athlete Kerryon Johnson (Madison, Ala./Madison Academy), ranked No. 62 in the new 2015 ESPN Junior 300 rankings, was offered by Alabama in February. Not knowing what position he’d play, the Alabama staff invited Johnson to their camp this week to try him out at running back.

“It went good,” he said. “I got to work on a lot of things I needed to work on. Coach [Burton] Burns is a really good coach, and he showed me some stuff. It went really well.”

Johnson left a positive impression with Burns, Alabama’s running backs coach.

“He said he really liked my athleticism and speed,” Johnson said. “He said there’s just some small stuff that I have to clean up from a coach’s standpoint -- pressing the line of scrimmage and some footwork stuff -- but he said he was very impressed.”

If it were up to Johnson, he’d play running back. That’s his primary position for Madison Academy, and that’s where he wants to play at the next level.

“I just feel like that’s what I was born to play,” Johnson said. “That’s the position I enjoy more.”

Alabama already has a 2015 commitment from ESPN 300 running back DeSherrius Flowers (Prichard, Ala./Vigor), but head coach Nick Saban told Johnson he could play wherever his heart desires if were to choose the Tide. The two met in Saban’s office after the camp.

“It was a good talk, a good conversation,” Johnson said. “He just asked me how I did, how I liked it and just some business talk about positions and stuff like that. He said wherever you want to play, wherever your heart tells you you want to play, that’s where you’re going to play.”

Recruiting has slowed down for Johnson, who hasn’t received any new offers since May. He still holds the same top three of Alabama, Auburn and Florida State. Monday’s visit to Tuscaloosa reenforced his feelings for the Tide.

“It’s the same it’s always been,” he said. “It’s a great school, great academics and a really good coaching staff who really cares about you. It’s just a great school.”

Johnson plans to visit both Auburn and Florida State later this week. He says he doesn’t plan to make a decision anytime soon.