Netori Johnson plans to evaluate all of his options.
Rather than zeroing in on early favorites Auburn, Georgia and Alabama, the former Crimson Tide commit will branch out and visit other programs.
Despite releasing a list of top schools, though, the four-star offensive lineman from Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Ga.) still holds that trio of schools in high regard.
“I would say they’re all still at the top, and that are being looked at by me really, really hard,” said Johnson, who took part in the Nike Regional Combine in Atlanta over the weekend.
The Tigers recently hosted Johnson, the No. 4 offensive guard in the country, during the program’s Junior Day event in February. Johnson is one of a handful of offensive lineman Auburn is targeting in the 2017 recruiting cycle, after signing just two in February.
His family members were taken back by their trip to The Plains.
“They both were crying,” Johnson said of his mother and another relative. “They’re some cry babies. They were both very excited for me, that being one of their first visits with me. It was very unique and nice. I liked it. It was funny at first. But my mom and my second mom loved it.”
The 6-foot-5 Johnson is planning to be in attendance for Auburn’s annual spring football game on April 9, but maintained that he could head to Athens that same weekend to take in Georgia’s practice.
Whether he’ll attend or not, Johnson continues to grow his relationship with the coaching staff, particularly offensive line coach Herb Hand. That should bode well for the Tigers in the long run.
“Herb Hand is a great guy,” Johnson said of the first-year coach. “He can cook. He’s funny, he’s a good dude and he can rap a little bit. Especially with Antwuan Jackson there, that’s a big impact.”
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— Netori Johnson (@ATLNETORIJ) March 17, 2016