Nov 24, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers mascot Smokey IX during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Neyland Stadium. Smokey IX is retiring after this game. Tennessee won by a score of 37 to 17. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Volunteers Flip Three-Star Recruit Lemond Johnson From Auburn Tigers

The Tennessee Volunteers were able to sway Cooper City High School’s Lemond Johnson away from the Auburn Tigers. Johnson, who plays safety at Cooper City, had been committed to the Tigers since June. He is a three-star recruit, considered to be the No. 30 ranked safety in the nation.

“Going there, just seeing all the facilities and the people in the office and everything just being in place, it’s just a great place to succeed and set you up for the next level and all that stuff after school,” Johnson said, via goVols247.

“Coming in mid-year, that’s something I really wanted to do.”

And coming to school early is a major reason that Johnson decided to switch his commitment from Auburn to Tennessee. Johnson had wanted to enroll in college mid-January, but newly named Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said it was not an option.

Johnson leaves an Auburn recruiting class that is ranked 13th in the nation.

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