Lincoln, Ala.--A 6-2, 320 defensive tackle who received an early offer from the Auburn Tigers, Jauntavious Johnson has seen his recruiting take off since teams had the opportunity to watch him on film from last season and during spring practice.
"Auburn is still my top school," Johnson said. "It's just a place that feels like home when I go down there."
Being recruited for the Tigers by defensive line coach Rodney Garner, Johnson had the chance to work with him during a summer camp last year and since that time he has gotten to know the coach better and better. Because of that the lineman says he feels like Garner is someone who could get the best out of him down the road.
"He's a great guy," Johnson said. "I would love to play for him. He's going to lead me in the right direction to become a great player."
Johnson will have a chance to get to know Garner and the rest of the Auburn staff even better this weekend when he travels to the Plains for Big Cat Weekend. With a need at defensive tackle in the 2015 class, he said this trip is a big one for him since it's his first time back at Auburn since last year's Iron Bowl.
"I'm coming this weekend and I'm looking forward to it," Johnson said. "I'm just excited about being there and seeing everything again."
Planning to make a decision sometime before his senior season, Johnson said at the moment it's Auburn and everyone else. Planning to camp at Alabama this time around and see several more schools, the big lineman said the Tigers are still the team to beat.
"Behind Auburn it's Louisville, Southern Miss and Alabama," he said. "The rest just fall in after that. I'm still taking the recruiting process in right now."
Playing both ways for the Golden Bears in spring practice, Johnson said he got work at both defensive tackle and offensive tackle when the finishing things up with a scrimmage. That meant his focus was getting in better conditioning, something he feels will help him during his senior season.
"I feel like I'm in better shape and I can move better," Johnson said. "I'm around 320 now and I have lost a little weight. I knew I had to play both ways so that meant getting ready to play both sides."