Early Commitment Still High on the Tigers

Defensive tackle prospect Jauntavius Johnson talks about his official visit.

Lincoln, Ala.--Three-star Auburn commitment Jauntavius Johnson is no stranger to the AU campus, having made multiple trips to the Plains since he was first offered by the Tigers in the spring of 2013. The 6-3, 320-pound defensive tackle made one more trip this past weekend and said his official visit was a great one.

Part of what made the trip so enjoyable for Johnson was getting to meet new Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp for the first time. Coming to the Tigers from Florida, Muschamp is a fiery coach that demands the most from his players in a scheme that has both a four-man front and a three-man front at times.

“He was saying I could fit into his scheme, and to keep up the hard work,” said Johnson, who played for Lincoln High.

Johnson said that the shakeup in Auburn’s defensive coaching staff didn’t cause much concern for him because he knew he had defensive line coach Rodney Garner on his side. That relationship has been a building block for Johnson since his commitment and is one of the key reasons why he hasn't looked any any other schools.

He said he doesn’t plan on taking any more official visits and that his commitment to the Tigers is “strong.”

Johnson said he did a little recruiting for the Tigers on his visit, although he basically just enjoyed hanging out with the players. “It was a great feeling just going around with some teammates,” he said.

Any early commitment to the Tigers, Johnson is rated as the No. 38 defensive tackle in the nation in the 2015 class and the No. 2 tackle in the state of Alabama.

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