2012 LSU commitment, Avery Johnson says he is "still very high on LSU" and adds he always pictured himself in the "Tiger Walk". But because he made his commitment early on in the recruiting process, Johnson says it is important to show some love to other programs.
"The coaching staff, players, and tradition sold me at LSU. They have great tradition and facilities and the stadium speaks for itself. I have a great relationship with Coach Billy Gonzales, we talk at least twice a week. We have fun, laugh, talk football, talk about the future, the present, how things are going in high school, my grades, and what I need to do to come in there and play," Johnson said.
While Johnson likes what he sees from LSU, he plans to take all five official visits this fall. Johnson says things may change but as of now he will be visiting LSU, Georgia, FSU, Oklahoma State, and North Carolina.
Johnson has spent a lot of time in the Baton Rouge cheering on his older brother, Patrick Peterson. And while many people think Peterson had something to do with Johnson's early commitment to the Tigers, Johnson says that isn't the case.
"I didn't consider my brother's career at LSU, he had nothing to do with it. He tells me to make the best decision for me," Johnson said.
While Peterson is not pushing Johnson towards a commitment, he is helping Johnson map out his official visits, beginning with the University of Georgia.
"My brother visited Georgia during his recruiting process and he tells me it is a great place to visit and to play football. It is a beautiful place and a beautiful school and I have a great relationship with Coach Mark Richt. I am excited to go to Athens and learn more about the program," Johnson said.
Johnson says Florida State has been one of the schools recruiting him the hardest, and adds he is looking forward to another visit to Tallahassee.
"I love the passing game at FSU, they pass the ball a lot and they play and even start their freshman early on. They are a winning program and I think they are on the rise. I have a great relationship with the coaching staff and I talk to them twice a week, we talk football and about me visiting the school again," Johnson said.
Oklahoma State is another program Johnson is considering.
"I like the way they throw the ball at Oklahoma State. They put a lot of receivers in the league and put up big numbers on offense. They also have great new looking facilities," Johnson said.
Johnson says he is looking forward to visiting Chapel Hill and learning more about the football program at the University of North Carolina.
"They have a great offense and they throw the ball around. I haven't been there yet but I know Jabari Price, he goes there and tells me the fans are crazy and the facilities are nice and that they have a great atmosphere on game days. I want to try and take an unofficial visit there before I make my official visit this fall," Johnson said.
While the University of Florida is not currently on Johnson's list of official visits, Johnson says Florida is recruiting him hard and adds things may change.
"I want to visit Florida hopefully in July or August, my dad and I are trying to find a date. I want to see the campus and how life would be if I were to go there. I also want to see the academics, the facilities, the stadium, and everything Florida has to offer. I want to talk football with their staff and talk about their offensive schemes. They have a winning program and I love that they're using a pro-style offense now. They are getting their players for the next level and I love that. The stadium is so loud and Gator fans support their team 100% and are behind them no matter what," Johnson said.
Overall Johnson says he is looking for a school that will do everything they can to ensure he graduates on time. Wherever he goes Johnson says he wants to know there will be opportunities for playing time and a potential starting role. Johnson named a few more things he plans to look into at each school he visits.
"I want to know how the fan base is, how the facilities are, where I would be living, how many players at my position have made it to the NFL, and how many guys on the team play my position," Johnson said.
As of right now, Johnson says he is solid on being a Tiger but adds, "I'm open to consider other schools. I'm going to take all five of my visits and I will make my final commitment at the Under Armor All American Game."