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Lemond Johnson makes the switch

12/16/2012

Following an official visit to Knoxville, Tenn., three-star athlete Lemond Johnson (Cooper City, Fla.) decommitted from Auburn in favor of the Volunteers, according to multiple sources.

Both programs have recently had coaching changes. Tennessee added former Auburn assistant Tommy Thigpen, who recruited Johnson for the Tigers, to its new staff. Additionally, Johnson would like to enroll early and appears to have that opportunity with the Vols, according to AL.com.

Johnson, a 6-foot, 190-pound senior, originally picked the Tigers in June and officially visited the program Oct. 26, before Gene Chizik's dismissal.

Boston College, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, LSU, North Carolina State, Purdue, South Florida, Syracuse, Central Florida and Vanderbilt were his other offers. Florida, Florida State, Miami-FL, South Carolina, Tennessee. UCLA and Wisconsin showed interest.

ESPN feels Johnson, a high school quarterback, could find a home at receiver, "Would love to see him develop as a route runner because his frame and ball skills could really make for a nice combination in time. He has developmental skills and excellent measurables for the [WR] position."

He is commitment No. 17 for Tennessee.