(HUNTSVILLE) - Johnson Jaguars' defensive end, Jomarcus Savage, is changing his spots to stripes. He is headed to the plains to play for Auburn next season.
The 6'2", 260 pounder signed Wednesday and is expected to play an end/linebacker role for the Tigers.
Somewhat befitting his name, Savage led the Jags to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs, racking up 76 tackles as a senior, including a whopping 24 tackles for a loss. On top of that, he added 12 sacks.
Hotly recruited by South Carolina and Tennessee, Savage passed the chance to play for his dad's old coach, UT defensive coordinator John Chavis, but Auburn recruiter Don Dunn won out.
The Tigers have commitments from at least four other defensive linemen, including highly regarded prep-school tackle Charles Deas and weak-side end Cameron Henderson of Shades Valley in Birmingham. Strong-side end Raven Gray, considered one of the top junior college players in the country, has already signed with Auburn and is on campus rehabilitating an injured knee.
Auburn also picked up a commitment this week from Hernando, Miss., defensive end Andre Wadley, No. 55 on the Press-Register's Super Southeast 120.