Chad Simmons

Bama Commit: UGA Still in the Mix for Sure

Which Alabama commit is still looking hard at UGA?

Netori Johnson is a 2017 offensive lineman  from Cedar Grove High School (Ellenwood) currently committed to Alabama.  The 6’5 320 lb. lineman is considered to be one of the better offensive line prospects in the state of Georgia, and proved this fall that he is one of the most dominant run blockers in the region.

Johnson said the reason he chose Alabama was pretty simple.

“At Alabama they are going to recruit and get the best lineman.” Johnson said.  “They coach the best lineman and sent the most to the NFL. That’s why I chose Alabama.”

The Georgia Bulldogs have been recruiting Johnson very hard, and Johnson admitted that although he really liked the old coaching staff in Athens, he is starting to build relationships with members of the new coaching staff.

“Schools are still definitely recruiting me.”  Johnson said.  “I talk to Georgia a good bit.  I was talking to coach Rob Sale a bunch but he left.  Coach Pittman has texted me a few times since he has been hired there.  I talk to Coach Rocker a bunch also.”

Coach Pittman is already letting Johnson know that he is a top priority for the Bulldogs 2017 class.

“Coach Pittman just tells me that he’s still trying to get me.”  Johnson said.   “I still like Georgia even though they switched up the coaching staff.  Georgia is still in the mix for sure.  Them being the home state school is big for them.  I like that Georgia is close to home.  My family likes Georgia.  You can’t go wrong with a school that’s in your state.  Every time I go I like their facilities.  I think it would be a great school to attend so I really like Georgia.

A trip to Athens back in the summer is one that really stands out to Johnson when he spoke of his best memories from Georgia visits.

“My favorite part of any visit to Georgia was going to Dawg Night and seeing all of the other big recruits that were there.”  Johnson said.  “I didn’t expect to see so many of them there.  I know that Georgia is in the game.  I know they are not out of it.  I know they are going to get the best of the best like Alabama does.”

Johnson also spoke on some crucial factors that will go into his final decision.

When I was looking at schools, I definitely looked at playing time and education.”  Johnson said.  “Then how the school can help me after football so getting that degree is important to me.  Right now I’m trying to play my best and make it to the NFL so I haven’t thought of what I’m going to do after football just yet.  I do know I’ll need a good education.”

When asked if he could put a percentage on his commitment to Alabama, Johnson replied with “Still 100%”.  It would take a lot to beat Alabama right now.

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