AUBURN, Ala. — It’s been quite a three-day stretch for 4-star defensive lineman Ryan Johnson.
Johnson traveled to Auburn for his official visit this weekend. Before he left, he received some important news from another school fighting for him — Stanford. The Cardinal hosted Johnson on an official last weekend. On Friday, Johnson found out he’d been accepted to the institution.
That makes the situation much tougher.
“It makes it a whole lot harder now,” Johnson said. “If that wasn’t in the equation, then Auburn would be leading right now. It’s hard.”
Based on those visits, Johnson said Auburn and Stanford are riding high in his top two, with no particular order. Alabama has been eliminated from contention because the Crimson Tide have “too many people” in their class. Texas and USC potentially could receive official visits this week. With in-home visits set up with Stanford and Auburn, that’s going to be tough to organize.
Between Auburn and Stanford, Johnson said he feels like he is closing in on a decision, but he wants to wait until the end of the week or early next week to finalize his commitment.
“They’re pretty even honestly. They’re really good schools,” Johnson said. “I’m trying to figure it all out.”
Once he received the Stanford acceptance, it changed the game for Johnson.
Luckily for Auburn, the Tigers were able to host him on an official visit immediately after. The combination of Auburn players from Mobile and Auburn commits also on campus gave the Tigers a strong push throughout the weekend.
“I’m just happy to be back up here. I haven’t been up here since a football game, so I loved it,” Johnson said. “I didn’t want to make any hasty decisions considering I’m (committing) either Friday or Monday. I didn’t want to jump the gun on anything. I’ve got to go home and write down the pros and cons.”
Stanford will give Johnson an in-home visit Tuesday. Auburn will make the trip Wednesday.
What will help either school stand out?
“Somewhere I’m comfortable with. Somewhere, if I get hurt, I can see myself there taking regular classes, getting along with players and coaches. Somewhere with a winning program,” Johnson said. “Nobody likes losing, so I’ve got to go somewhere I can win.”