Ellenwood, Ga.--A massive offensive lineman and early commitment to Alabama, big Netori Johnson from Cedar Grove High was expected to be in Tuscaloosa on Saturday to visit the Crimson Tide but instead took a visit to Auburn. Wanting to spend time with good friend and former teammate Antwuan Jackson, Johnson said it was a good trip back to the Plains.
“I had to come and see my boy Antwuan,” Johnson said. “He told me to come see him so I had to stop by there. I’ll get down there wherever, that’s a longer drive anyway.
“(He said) it’s a great school,” he added of what Jackson is telling him. “It’s where he wanted to be. Me and Antwuan have a brother connection. I feel like this is the move for me, but at the same time I don’t want to move too fast into it just by listening to him. He’s telling me a lot of good things.”
Saying that Auburn made a big impact on him with his return visit, Johnson said he’s planning to be back sooner rather than later. One of the reasons why is to continue to learn more about new offensive line coach Herb Hand. A veteran and successful at every stop along the way, Hand definitely made Johnson feel like he’s got a place at Auburn.
“Herb Hand, right now he’s a very great OL coach,” Johnson said. “He had five freshmen offensive linemen that are All-Americans so he’s not scared to play freshmen. I’m liking him right now. For him to be a new coach we’ve got a good connection.”
With a bond forming with Hand and having Jackson already on campus, Auburn is moving up in a big way for Johnson. He said the brotherhood with his former teammate is a huge deal for him and makes the Tigers a big threat.
“That’s really important to me,” Johnson said. “Right now I would make Auburn my second school right behind Bama.
“I’m not sure what would make them move into the lead right now,” he added. “I’m just going to look over things.”