Jermaine Johnson, a 6-6, 295-pounder from St. Thomas Aquinas High School, is scheduled to be on the AU campus. He is a teammate of kicker Wes Byrum, who has already given a verbal commitment to the Tigers.
"Jermaine is a big kid who was just a basketball player before he decided to come out for football in the spring," says St. Thomas Aquinas coach George Smith. "He is going to visit Auburn and Mississippi State."
Smith notes that Johnson is still growing and that he is a good athlete. "He started for us this year and has a lot of potential," says the coach who adds, "I don't have any doubt he is a Division I prospect."
Johnson, who is also a starter at power forward on the school's basketball team, got his first offer from Central Florida. His first SEC offer is from Mississippi State and Kansas State of the Big 12 is also recruiting the lineman.
St. Thomas Aquinas finished 12-2 this past season, losing 45-42 to Lakeland in double overtime in the state championship game.
Johnson doesn't have a scholarship offer yet from the Tigers and is still working on becoming an academic qualifier. He is a prospect who is expected to make a prep school start.