Linebacker accepts LSU offer

When looking at LSU's biggest needs for the Class of 2004, linebackers and defensive backs will be prime targets.<br><br>Head coach Nick Saban took a major step in the right direction Monday when he offered West St. John linebacker/fullback Quinn Johnson (6-3, 225, 4.7) a scholarship.

"He was offered on Monday and he accepted it," said West St. John head coach Laury Dupont. "Coach Saban asked him if he wanted to be a Tiger and he said yes. He was excited. As far as he is concerned he's not even going to go through recruiting."

Johnson was a first team All-District and first team All-River Parish selection last season that has seen his stock rise dramatically since the end of his junior campaign. Along with LSU, UCLA, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Tennessee and Southern Mississippi are just a handful of the schools that are planning to venture down to South Louisiana to catch a first hand glimpse of Johnson during spring practice.

"He is one of those kids that is 6-3, 225 pounds and will grow some more," Dupont told Tiger Rag. "For a big kid he is really lean. He has good size and strength to go with his speed. His feet are quick enough to play an outside backer or defensive end but we keep him inside. Saban likes him as a linebacker but everyone else wants him as a fullback."

Sonny's View: Laury Dupont asked Tiger Rag not to report Johnson's commitment until we confirmed it with his parents. Quinn's mother, Marita Johnson, confirmed her son's commitment and said they plan on announcing it on Friday at the LSU Spring Game. Johnson will probably be asked to play the Sam linebacker spot for the Tigers because of his ability to rush the passer.

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