Hometown: Lincoln, Ala.
High School: Lincoln
Position: Defensive Tackle
Size: 6-3, 325
Ranking On Scout: *** l No. 34 Defensive Tackle l No. 17 in Alabama
Recruiting: Auburn was the first college to offer Johnson and the Tigers have been the heavy favorite since the spring of 2013. Alabama, Louisville and Mississippi State were among the others to offer, but Auburn was the clear favorite from the beginning.
Scouting Report: Johnson is a physical player who is just scratching the surface of his talent at Lincoln now that he’s in better shape. Losing almost 40 pounds since his freshman season, he is a natural athlete for a big man and has a chance to make a big jump forward as a player this fall when he’s able to play more plays at a higher level.
His addition is a big one for the Auburn Tigers, who have a huge need to sign defensive tackles in the 2015 class. With seniors Gabe Wright, Angelo Blackson, Jeffrey Whitaker and Ben Bradley all gone after this season, Auburn has to add some serious talent in this year’s group. Johnson brings the ability to be a difference-maker down the road, but has some work to do in order to make that happen.
The biggest thing Johnson needs is to continue to work on his fitness and strength, both of which should improve greatly once he gets to Auburn to work with Ryan Russell. Playing at a smaller school, Johnson is able to make plays because of his size and will need to improve his technique and fundamentals when he takes the next step.
Scout's Take: "Johnson is a big body in the middle and he really stands his ground. He is tough to move in the trenches when he plays with good pad level. He flashes good quickness for a prospect his size and he can help collapse the pocket in the middle. He is more of a space-eater in the middle though that frees others up to make plays around him. He's a good anchor to have in the middle of your defense."--Chad Simmons--National Recruiting Analyst