Big Lineman Likes Auburn Camp Experience

Alabama football verbal commitment Netori Johnson discusses his visit to Auburn.

Ellenwood, Ga.--Netori Johnson, a large class of 2017 offensive line prospect, attended Auburn’s lineman camp on Saturday and said he enjoyed the experience.

Measuring six-foot-four, 330 pounds as he prepares for his junior season at Cedar Grove High School, Johnson said, “The camp went really, really good. I got beat a few times (in one-on-one pass protection drills) and learned to stay back, but I won more than I lost. I have got to get better. I have a lot to work on.

“I am working on getting my edge back and moving my feet more,” he added.

A 17-year-old who picked Alabama as his college choice in early June after getting an offer from the Tide at a camp in Tuscaloosa, he has offers from Auburn, Georgia and others.

“I am committed to Alabama right now,” he said. “I like being committed to Alabama, but you never know. My mind could be changed down the road, but I am 100 percent Bama right now.”

Commenting on Auburn, a school he has visited for games and a junior day event, he said, “Auburn was one of my favorite schools and it kind of still is. I have been to Auburn three or four times. I like the environment and they aren’t too far away. I don’t want to go too far from home and they are only about an hour and a half from my house.

“The coaching staff is beautiful,” he added. “Everything about Auburn I like. One of my coaches’ sons, Marcus McNeill, played left tackle at Auburn and went to the (San Diego) Chargers.”

Netori Johnson is showed with Coach James McNeill.

Johnson, who noted that he “is still growing,” said he will play left tackle for his high school team, but in college he expects to move inside and play either guard or center.

A power blocker wherever he lines up, he bench presses 345 pounds and squats 550.

Johnson said he believes his Cedar Grove team will be a strong one this season. “We are going to go all the way and win state,” he predicted. “That is my mindset. I don’t like to lose.”

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