Netori Johnson reopened his recruitment on the heels of signing day, and Auburn is in a favorable position to land his signature this time next year.
After backing off his pledge to Alabama, the four-star offensive guard told SEC Country that the Tigers are right behind the Crimson Tide, whom he had been committed to since June.
“Auburn is my No. 2 school right now, and right behind them is Georgia,” said Johnson, who was high school teammates with Tigers’ defensive tackle signee Antwuan Jackson.
Following Jackson’s commitment to Auburn in December, Johnson admitted his friend’s decision would play a role in his recruitment. It would appear that is still the case. The two spent time together on National Signing Day, and Jackson even passed down his U.S. Army All-American cleats to Johnson.
“That’s my boy,” said Johnson, the No. 4 guard in the 2017 class. “I like Auburn a lot. I would love to go there and play with him again.”
The 6-foot-5, 330-pound rising senior is regarded as one of the top offensive lineman in the country, and the Tigers will be in the market for reinforcements along the offensive line both this year and next following the departures of starting tackles Shon Coleman and Avery Young.
According to Johnson, he can play immediately at the next level.
“I feel like I can most definitely go to Auburn or Georgia and dominate,” Johnson said. “I feel like I could be a freshman there and start. That’s how I feel. I want to be a freshman All-American.”
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite