ITAT HD: In Focus--Jauntavius Johnson

Auburn commitment Jauntavius Johnson is shown in action against rival Munford. Every snap he took in the game is featured in this video along with his thoughts about his play, his commitment to the Tigers and more.

Lincoln, Ala.--Always athletic, Auburn defensive tackle commitment Jauntavius Johnson said he feels like he's improved his quickness now that he's dropped over 20 pounds since last season. Still working on his overall fitness, he said the key for him right now is to become more of a leader on and off the field. While that might seem like a natural fit for one of the top players in the state, but for a quiet person like Johnson it takes some getting used to.

"My goal is to lead my team on defense," Johnson said. "That's what they have been wanting me to do since day one. They want me to be a vocal leader and I have never had to speak before. I have mostly just spoke with my actions."

In Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night to watch his future teammates take down LSU in a huge SEC Western Division showdown, Johnson said he's happy he got his decision out of the way early and can just concentrate on his senior year and building a stronger relationship with the Auburn coaches.

"It took a lot of pressure off me," Johnson said of his commitment. "You still have to keep playing hard though. Me and Coach (Rodney) Garner have been talking a lot lately since I made my decision. It's exciting for me, but now I know I have to work hard to be ready when I get there."

Watch Johnson in action from last Friday night:


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