2017 OL Johnson jumps on Alabama offer

Alabama added a pair of out-of-state 2017 commitments on Monday, with Georgia offensive lineman Netori Johnson capping the night's news with his verbal pledge.

Alabama began Monday with a sole class of 2017 commitment -- albeit a good one in five-star running back Najee Harris -- but it will end the night with a trio.

Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove offensive lineman Netori Johnson, projected as a guard by Scout, capped Monday's news with a commitment to the Crimson Tide.

"I just committed to Alabama," he said. "It's a great opportunity, I love it.

"Heck yea! I'm excited...just real excited."

Johnson has offers from Auburn, Kentucky, Minnesota and others, but added his UA extension as a result of the work put in during Monday's camp session.

"I picked it up at camp today," he said. "I worked out at guard, but I play tackle, too. They like my footwork, my speed, how I move, how I have loose hips and how aggressive I was.

"Then they pulled me out of camp, took me to Nick Saban's office and told me about the offer."

Johnson delivered the news to Saban moments after the offer was on the table.

"I love their environment," he said as to why. "The linemen, I get along with them and they showed mad love. I like it, it's where I want to go."

Johnson is Alabama's third class of 2017 commitment and second of the camp, popping just about an hour after fellow rising-junior D.D. Bowie did.

"Big kid, what stands out immediately is his size and the way he can move. He pulls a lot, can get to the second level and he uses his size to his advantage," Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons said. "He's still raw and need to improve his punch, pad level and technique, but it's easy to see why he has the offers he has."


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