Lincoln, Ala.—Along with fellow Sunday visitor Daron Payne from Shades Valley, big Jauntavius Johnson is expected to be a top class of 2015 defensive tackle prospect. A standout at a recent Auburn summer camp, the junior says that he enjoyed his in-depth look at what the Tigers are all about.
“It feels like it’s home,” Johnson says. “It feels like it gets better. It’s just the place I want to be. It feels at home and a great place to be.
“It’s all about becoming a man,” he adds of the goals at Auburn. “Before you walk out of there they want you to have a degree. That’s the important thing about this. It’s just not about football, it’s about the degree. Me becoming a man is going to help me. I need a degree because I know I’m not going to play football for the rest of my life.”
Getting the opportunity to spend time with Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner while letting his family get a taste of what the Plains are all about, Johnson says he really likes the way Garner coaches and teaches.
“He’s a great man,” Johnson says. “He sees a lot in me. He’s a person that pushes others and teaches them to strive to be better young men in life. That’s who I want to push me and coach me.”
While saying the Tigers are a strong leader right now, Johnson says he doesn’t plan on making a very early decision. He instead wants to keep working before making his commitment sometime next summer. That continues next month when he plans to camp in Tuscaloosa.
“It’s close,” Johnson says of his feelings about a commitment to Auburn. “I’m just ready to experience other things. This is my first offer. I’m going to Alabama to try and work for another one.”
While he’s not ready to pull the trigger just yet, Johnson says the visit to Auburn gave him a chance to show his family what he likes about the Tigers.
“I was glad to show my mom, my parents, my cousins, my step-father that it’s a good place to be,” Johnson notes. “I wanted to show them the way around and the good people that are there coaching.”
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