Montgomery, Ala.--For four-star defensive lineman Ryan Johnson out of St. Paul’s in Mobile, the recruiting process is about to kick into high gear. With a busy January of official visits coming up he’s getting closer to a decision but still has a half-dozen programs to sort through.
“I have like a top six of Alabama, Stanford, USC, Notre Dame, Auburn and Texas,” Johnson said. “I’m really looking at them. That’s all of my top six right now. I probably won’t commit on signing day, I’ll probably be before.”
Saying that Stanford and Alabama are two teams he definitely knows will make his final group, Johnson said he plays to trip to Palo Alto on Jan. 13, Auburn on Jan. 20, to Texas for a mid-week trip, and then Alabama on Jan. 28th.
A frequent visitor to Auburn since his sophomore season, John’s first offer came from the Tigers in February of 2015. Since then he’s had plenty of opportunities to bond with the coaches and players on the Plains.
That’s something that he said keeps the Tigers very much in the picture at the moment as he moves towards a decision.
“I like the family aspect of it,” Johnson said of Auburn. “I know a lot of the players and just knowing them and how they coach and being able to come behind them is a big deal.”
This week Johnson is one of what is a very talented group of players on Team Alabama as they prepare for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic at Cramton Bowl. Lining up alongside guys such as Auburn commitments K.J. Britt and Tadarian Moultry on defense, Johnson said it’s exciting to now have his turn in this prestigious event.
“It’s good to follow after some of the greats,” Johnson said. “I came behind ‘D’ (Darius Whitfield) from my school last year and Tre Williams and Josh Casher. Just to be able to be in that position now, that’s a big thing because I want people to follow behind me as well.”