Thomas Johnston is reportedly down to three schools, and Auburn is not one of them.
The 3-star linebacker from Spanish Fort (Ala.) High School told Ole Miss Spirit’s Ben Garrett that he has dwindled his list down to Ole Miss, Iowa and Arkansas.
Johnston took an official visit to Auburn on Jan. 13 where coach Gus Malzahn asked him to commit as an H-back — a hybrid fullback/tight end position.
“Everybody else is looking at me as a linebacker. I also told them if I did play H-back in college, it would be at Auburn just because of what they do with them,” Johnston told SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk. “Coach Malzahn told me that he wants me to play for his team. He wants me just to be around. He said I’m a fit for Auburn and I mean that says a lot. He asked me to commit this morning and asked where I stood. I know I’m at the top of their list right now so I’m excited about it.”
Despite Malzahn’s pitch, it appears that Johnston has had a change of heart. Alabama’s all-time career tackles leader wants to play linebacker at the next level, which is a possibility at each of his three finalists — not at Auburn.
Four-star Thomas Johnston, on #OleMiss: “They don’t want me, they need me.” Told Auburn he's going to go to a school that wants him at LB.
— Ben Garrett (@SpiritBen) January 22, 2017
Johnston took an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend, visited Iowa on Dec. 3 and traveled to Arkansas on Oct. 14. He nearly committed after that visit with the Razorbacks.
“Right after I left (Arkansas), I said, ‘This is the school for me.’ But a couple days later, I was like, ‘Hold up now, I’ve got these other schools I want to check out,'” Johnston told Wolk. “I definitely want to take a couple days after, and I’ll be ready.”
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound recruit holds 21 offers. He is ranked as the nation’s No. 23 outside linebacker and the state of Alabama’s No. 17 overall player, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.