Johnson, ranked by Scout.com as the No. 9 wide receiver prospect in the country, is pegged as one of Florida’s top overall prospects, a major coup for an LSU staff that is in search of a class built on talent both at home and away.
Seven months later, Breaux Bridge wide receiver Travin Dural dialed up the LSU staff and made his pledge to become the second receiver into the growing group, which now stands at nine commitments.
In search of a third receiver, Gonzales and the staff turned to Tyrone, Ga., home of Sandy Creek High receiver Jaquay Williams, a 6-foot-3, 202-pounder tabbed by Scout.com as one of the nation’s top 20 wideouts.
“I have been hearing from the coaches and I am still very interested,” said Williams, a four-star prospect. “They are one of my top schools now that I am focused on making my decision here soon.”
Williams planned to visit Baton Rouge last month, but transportation issues forced the date to be rescheduled.
“I had wanted to go on April 29 and 30, but my uncle ended up not being able to take me over there,” Williams said. “I plan on making it another day here soon. I think that I will go to see LSU and Miami this summer, so I’m excited about that. I might also go stop at a few more schools, but none that I haven’t seen yet. I made some trips last year and got a feel for certain schools already.”
Before he is able to get to campus to see the staff, LSU will stop into Sandy Creek High.
“We start spring practice (Monday), and coach Gonzales said that someone from the staff would be out to see me in the next two weeks,” Williams said.
“They seem to be wanting me as bad as anyone. I really like the LSU offense and the type of athletes that they recruit. The coaches say they like my combination of size and speed. LSU says they want those big receivers that have the body control.
“With the guys they already have, they think they can really use a player like me in this class.”
Last week Williams told Scout.com that he would commit to a school after spring ball ended, and he named his finalists as Miami, Auburn, LSU, Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee.
With offers from more than 20 schools, Williams said that he has no reason to continue waiting things out.
“It’s gone smooth so far, but I could see it start to become a headache,” he said. “I will go see Miami and LSU and a few other places when spring ends, and in that time I will have my decision. I might still make some official visits for games in the fall, but I want to get the decision out of the way if I feel ready to make it.”