Joined by his older brother, Johnson will make the trip from Covington to Baton Rouge on Saturday morning.
“I’m pretty excited about getting up there again and hanging out with the guys,” Johnson said. “It should be a great game, too. The coaches had been wanting me to get to a game early on, and this was a good time to fit an unofficial visit in.”
Running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson and defensive line coach Brick Haley are the two Tiger staff members assigned to Johnson’s recruitment. With five months until National Signing Day, the St. Paul’s standout said that his relationships with the LSU staff have become as strong as any.
“I was able to work with coach Brick over the summer during LSU’s camp, so it was good to have that one-on-one time with him,” Johnson said. “He’s a really cool guy, too. We can talk about pretty much anything and it’ll be good conversation. It’s not always football. The same with coach Frank. They have things good with LSU. Nothing has really changed with that.”
Of course, LSU isn’t the only BCS program putting the press on the 6-foot-1, 310-pound defensive tackle. With a scholarship total that has long been at double-digits, Johnson has narrowed his focus this fall to just a few teams.
“LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, Nebraska, UCLA and Michigan are who I’m looking at making visits to see the campus,” Johnson said. “The visits to LSU will always be unofficial, because it’s a short drive and I can easily make that. I will check out UCLA and Nebraska for sure, but I don’t have anything set for the other official visits.”
As for his life on Friday nights, Johnson has helped St. Paul’s to a quick 2-0 start headed into the weekend’s rivalry game against Mandeville.
“I’ve got nine tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery,” Johnson said. “I feel like I am in the best shape of my life, so I expect that this will be one of the strongest seasons I have. I just have to keep working hard each day.”