Netori Johnson’s commitment to the Univeristy of Alabama was never the strongest. On Friday, he decided to back off his pledge to the Crimson Tide.
Johnson, a four-star offensive lineman from Cedar Grove High School (Ellenwood, Ga.), gave his reason why he decided to back off his commitment in a statement on Twitter.
“After much prayer and thought and seeing National Signing Day, as well as talking to my coaches and family, I have decided to open my recruitment and de-commit from the University of Alabama,” Johnson announced on Twitter. Being respectful to all parties involved, I feel it is only fair that I make this decision as soon as possible and not delay. Although Alabama is a great program and definitely at the top of my list, I would like to keep my options open and see all the opportunities available to me.”
The 6-foot-5, 330-pounder told SEC Country a few months ago that some Crimson Tide fans were telling him that he needed to de-commit already because of Johnson’s interest in other schools, most notably Auburn and Georgia. Those two schools have gone back and forth with his No. 2 spot.
“UGA and Auburn recruit me the same way — hard,” Johnson said at the time. “I can’t down anybody right now. I love both schools. They’re both close by the house. My family loves those two schools.”
Look for those two schools to make a strong push now that Johnson is back on the market.
With the loss of Johnson, Alabama is down to eight commits in the class of 2017.