Lincoln High School is about two hours north of Auburn University and Gus Malzahn sent coaches to that school back in the spring to check on Jauntavius Johnson.
Auburn apparently liked what they saw. The Auburn staff offered Johnson a scholarship before his sophomore year came to an end.
"Auburn offered me right before school was out after watching me in spring practice," Johnson said. "They watched me practice, showed some interest in me and then I found out about the offer."
Just a short time after the offer from AU arrived, Johnson took a visit there.
"I went over the for camp in June and I liked it there. It was great to work with Coach [Rodney] Garner and learn from him. He has a good mind and I like how Auburn wants the best for me. Auburn feels like home to me and I really have a good feeling about them right now."
Auburn was Johnson's favorite school growing up. Living in Alabama, most are either strong to Auburn or to Alabama. Johnson's family is split.
"Me, my dad, and my uncle like Auburn and everyone else likes Alabama," said a laughing Johnson. "It is all cool though. We have fun with it all."
Alabama has yet to offer the 6-foot-3, 329 pound interior defensive lineman, but they are showing some interest.
"I went to Alabama for a camp going into my sophomore year, but I couldn't make it this year. I was out of town when they wanted me to come back this summer. They have a great program and I am hearing some from them, but no offer yet. I may try to get over there for a game this fall."
Another school out of the SEC West has shown Johnson that he is on their radar as well.
"Ole Miss is looking at me pretty hard. I have been haring a lot from them and they really want me to visit their campus. I think I will try to get over there this fall for a game because I want to check them out."
He'd like to hear from a few more SEC schools too. Johnson likes the conference and Georgia, LSU, and Mississippi State are three schools he hopes to hear from this fall.
One school has offered, but he is working towards earning more.
He talks about his game.
"I think I play nasty and I think I have that nasty attitude as a defensive lineman," said Johnson. "I am working on my speed and strength right now. I want more tackles for loss and sacks this season. I am ready to have a big season."
Johnson will stay at defensive tackle this season, but he will also play offensive tackle for the first time.
Auburn is the school to beat right now being his favorite as a kid and the lone school to offer. He is in no rush to make a decision.