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ATH Johnson in a tough spot

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Lemond Johnson was with his family in North Carolina enjoying the holiday weekend when he heard the news that Auburn fired Gene Chizik.
Rivals.com caught up with Johnson's father on what the next step will be for the three-star prospect from the Sunshine State.
Lemond Johnson, Sr. said, "We haven't even sat down to talk about it as a family. I got a call from Lemond's head coach who told me about Chizik. I don't want to say it came as a surprise."
The versatile athlete chose Auburn over LSU, Vanderbilt, UCF, and Minnesota among others.
Chizik's dismissal comes at an inopportune time for Johnson. He is on track to graduate early and report to the Plains in January.
"We really like what the school has to offer. Not just from a football standpoint, but there were a lot of things we like at Auburn. Plus the opportunity to play in the SEC was something he didn't want to pass up," noted Johnson, Sr.
So where does Johnson stand?
Johnson, Sr. stated, "My concern would be the new coach bringing in his own kids. However, I really want to see what happens to the reminder of the staff especially with defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and secondary coach Willie Martinez."
With a December graduation just around the corner the clock is ticking on Johnson.
Duke and Wisconsin were two schools that reached early in the recruiting process after he committed to Auburn. Boston College, Temple, and UCF offered him for offense, so that is something that may intrigue the talented two-way star.
It's hard for the family to sit idle because he has already done the required paperwork for the Auburn admissions department.
If he opens it back up he has to go through the process at another school and the timing could cause a delay with his plans to enroll early.
Right now the plan is to stay on track with graduation and keep an eye on the Auburn coaching situation. The Johnson's are hoping the Tigers find a coach soon.
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