Offensive guard Tate Johnson committed to Auburn on Monday. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Johnson had 21 other offers from schools such as Georgia Tech, Florida State and Florida.
Johnson, who plays at Callaway High School in Hogansville, Georgia, is rated as a three-star guard per 247Sports’ composite rating system. Per the composite rankings, he is the 23rd-best guard in the Class of 2020 and the 44th-best player in the state of Georgia.
“Tate brings a lot of leadership to our football team,” Callaway coach Pete Wiggins said. “He works hard in the weight room and at camps. He's just a good person. He's a talented guy. He's big, he's strong and he's athletic. I think they're getting an offensive lineman who can bring a lot to the table as far as his size and his skills.”
Johnson becomes the ninth commit in the Tigers’ Class of 2020. He is the fourth offensive line commit for Auburn, joining tackles Javion Cohen and Jonathan Buskey and fellow guard Avery Jernigan.
Johnson is set to reunite with former Callaway teammate Keiondre Jones, the four-star guard who signed with Auburn as part of the Class of 2019.
Johnson was one of several Auburn recruits who were on campus on May 31 as part of Big Cat Weekend. The Tigers’ recruiting class has been steadily growing since then, as Cohen announced on the Saturday morning of Big Cat and three-star wide receiver Elijah Canion announced on Friday.
Johnson told Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and the rest of the coaches that he was committed during Big Cat Weekend. Monday’s announcement adds context to something Cohen said as the recruits began departing on that day.
“You could really see it. I heard stuff — and I won't say it — but a lot of stuff I heard I liked today,” Cohen said. “You could really tell everyone loves the bonding you get when you come here.”
Johnson plays left tackle for Callaway and has also worked at center during the spring. Johnson was a key piece on the offensive line for a Cavaliers team that won 11 games in 2018 and reached the Class 2A state semifinals.
“We played a lot of good competition, and Tate was a huge part of our success. I felt like last year's offensive line was one of the best groups that I've been a part of in 22 years of coaching,” Wiggins said. “He brought a lot of experience and gave us a great opportunity to run the ball. Up front, he was physical, and he established the line of scrimmage on the left side.”
Johnson has his eyes on helping Callaway win its first state championship in program history this fall. After that, he’s set to help the Tigers chase titles of their own.
“We’re going to be winning championships in Auburn, Alabama. Believe that,” Johnson tweeted shortly after committing.