AUBURN, Ala. – Head coach Butch Thompson rounded out Auburn baseball’s 2018 signing class with the addition of Trussville, Ala., native Ed Johnson Friday afternoon.
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Plays for Jeff Mauldin at Hewitt-Trussville High School … rated the No. 33 overall player and the No. 3 shortstop in Alabama … also named a 2017 Perfect Game Underclass High Honorable Mention All-American … hit .404 with a home run and 33 RBI as a sophomore … named 2016 ASWA Honorable Mention All-State after leading Hewitt-Trussville to the AHSAA 7A State Championship … followed it with a .343 average as a junior … also lettered in football in 2016 … son of Tommy ad Debbie Johnson … has three siblings, Hunter (25), Abbey (23) and Anna Grace (20).
Q&A with AuburnTigers.com
AuburnTigers.com: Why Auburn? What makes it special?
Ed Johnson: I’ve always been an Auburn Tiger. I come from a family of Auburn people. I knew I wanted to be a part of this special community that I grew up visiting and hearing about from a very young age. Auburn has always felt like a home away from home, and I am so blessed that soon it truly will be.
AT: What is your greatest accomplishment?
EJ: My greatest accomplishment is not only that I had the opportunity to play varsity baseball as a freshman and sophomore in high school, but that I was able to help my team win a 7A State Championship at such a young age. Getting to be a part of a team with that amount of talent as a sophomore was both a humbling and rewarding experience.
AT: How do you see the decision to come to Auburn impacting your life?
EJ: I believe God doesn’t do anything by accident, and that Auburn being a part of my life is all a part of His plan. He has blessed me with this wonderful opportunity, so I can only believe that these next four years spent in Auburn will have a positive impact on my life and my future.
AT: What is your favorite thing about baseball?
EJ: Baseball has allowed me to be around some of the best guys I have ever met. I credit baseball for so many of the life lessons that I have been taught. The game is a constant mental battle, and this battle has made me a better person and increased my love for the game.
Johnson completes Auburn’s 13-man class that will join the Tigers in 2018-19. Thompson’s class consists of seven pitchers, five infielders and one outfielder. Eight signees will come to The Plains from within the state, while three hail from Georgia and two from Texas.
Auburn begins the 2018 season as Longwood comes to town for a three-game series beginning Friday, Feb. 16 at Plainsman Park. Season tickets, which are $185 per seat, cover the Tigers’ 35-game home schedule and include 15 SEC contests. Single-game and specialty-pack tickets are also available. Fans can reach the Auburn ticket office by phone at 334-844-4040 or 1-855-282-2010 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. To order tickets online, visit www.aubtix.com.