Raw Florida Athlete Signs with Auburn

St. Thomas Aquinas offensive lineman Jermaine Johnson has signed to become an Auburn Tiger.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--Auburn received a late commitment during the recruiting process from Jermaine Johnson, an offensive tackle who has played just one year of organized football. On Wednesday Johnson, along with teammate Wes Byrum of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, signed with the Tigers.

Johnson and Byrum are two of 17 players to sign football scholarships from the prep power, nine of which are to Division I schools.

Johnson, at 6-6, 290 pounds, has been a basketball players during his high school days before joining the football team in the spring of 2006. He played defense during spring before coach George Smith moved him to offensive tackle, where he immediately earned a starting job and played extremely well for his first season on the gridiron.

Although Johnson has academic issues to take care of, he had offers from Auburn, Mississippi State, Kansas State and Central Florida. In the end he chose the Tigers over the Bulldogs. Johnson is likely a sign to place prospect.

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