AUBURN, Ala. — Ja’Varrius Johnson’s fast rise in the recruiting world took a major step forward Friday.
The Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.) High School wide receiver visited Auburn two weeks ago and picked up an offer from Mississippi State last week. He took another visit to the Plains on Friday for a camp. He picked up an offer from the Tigers, too.
Johnson took it to the next level, however.
The speedy in-state wide receiver — who is sure to pick up more offers this summer — committed to Auburn on Friday. He became the ninth commitment in the 2019 class and the second wide receiver, joining Hoover (Ala.) wide receiver George Pickens.
Johnson played his junior season at St. Clair County High School (Odenville, Ala.) and transferred to Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.) this offseason.
Johnson has emerged recently on Auburn’s radar, and the Tigers staff made sure to seal the deal before other top programs got in on his recruitment. His highlight tape showcases why coaching staffs are impressed. At the Auburn camp on Friday, Johnson dazzled coaches with his breakaway speed.
The one uncertainty about Johnson may be his size. At 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, he’s not a big-bodied receiver like Pickens. That didn’t scare away Auburn coaches, however, who saw his big-play ability at St. Clair County that only will increase in production for that electric Hewitt-Trussville offense. He hauled in 6 touchdowns in the spring game.
Auburn’s plan always has been to take two wide receivers in this class. The emphasis, to this point, has been on Georgia commit Jadon Haselwood. Johnson’s addition won’t change the Tigers’ plans with Haselwood, but it gives Auburn a security blanket of a two-receiver class if Haselwood sticks with the Bulldogs.