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Three-star offensive tackle, Tyler Johnson, talks his commitment to Auburn

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On September 17, three-star offensive tackle, Tyler Johnson, committed to Texas Tech. However, the coaching changes at Auburn threw a wrench in his recruitment for the better. After an official visit to Auburn on December 10, where he also received an offer from the Tigers, Johnson flipped his commitment from Texas Tech to Auburn the next day.

Johnson is a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle from Natchitoches Central High School in Natchitoches, Louisiana. According to 247sports, he is ranked as the No. 52 offensive tackle, the No. 27 recruit in Louisiana, and the No. 687 overall recruit in the country.

For Johnson, Auburn coming into his recruitment was the perfect storm. For starters, Auburn is and felt closer to home for the three-star recruit. In addition, the coaches they brought in in Coach Hugh Freeze and his staff helped Johnson feel at home right away.

“It’s closer to home,” Johnson said. “And great coaches that trust me playing for them at the highest level.”

Coach Freeze along with offensive line coach, Jake Thornton, had to recruit Johnson to a new school, but the relationships they had extended beyond Auburn; Coach Freeze recruited Johnson during his time at Liberty, and Coach Thornton recruited Johnson during his time at Ole Miss.

“Coach Thornton and Coach Freeze were at different schools and both recruited me heavily,” Johnson said. “So when they both went to Auburn, I kind of knew it was going to be the place.”

Johnson is excited for the new opportunity at Auburn, and he is excited to be a part of the program.

“The sooner I can get there and start competing, the better,” Johnson said.

Auburn currently holds the No. 40 ranked recruiting class, according to 247sports. Along with Johnson, Auburn received commitments from three-star cornerback, Colton Hood, on December 11, and three-star offensive lineman, Connor Lew.

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