By USA TODAY High School Sports | November 29, 2016 11:48 am ET
Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Ga.) offensive tackle Netori Johnson was presented with his honorary U.S. Army All-American jersey Tuesday, and the 6-3, 348-pound future Georgia Bulldog sounded like a guy ready to make an immediate impact in Athens.
Johnson was honored at his school as part of the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
“It was unbelievable,” Johnson said of the ceremony. “Being in front of the whole school and just to be an Army All-American is great.”
Johnson, who has several family members who have served in the military, considers the invite extra special.
“It feels great to represent my country and represent the Army, my family, and my school,” he said. “I’m really honored to be able to be there.”
The game will be played Jan. 7 in San Antonio and will give Johnson a sneak peek at what he’ll be up against in years to come. He also will be on the same team as Georgia quarterback commit Jake Fromm and could get a sense of blocking in front of him.
“I’m looking forward to going against some great players while I’m down there, and getting better at practice while I’m there, too,” he said. “I want to get an idea of what I’ll be up against next year, because when I get down to Georgia I want to play.”
And Johnson was anything but modest when discussing his expectations in Athens.
“I’m looking forward to the run game,” Johnson said. “Right now, up front, they can’t really run the ball the way they want to. I’m looking forward to bringing them a leader, that’s a freshman. I lag behind no one. I don’t follow anyone. That’s something I’ll bring to that team.
“I’m gonna play hard, give it my best, and I’m a diehard football player –that’s what Georgia’s getting.”