LSU pulls even for Johnson

Alabama quarterback Jeremy Johnson recaps his return trip to Baton Rouge.

LSU could well push for two quarterbacks in the 2013 class, but it appears the search will begin with Carver-Montgomery (Ala.) quarterback Jeremy Johnson.

The four-star prospect visited LSU on Feb. 4 for Junior Day and was back Saturday to observe spring practice.

After his departure, Johnson said LSU had done enough to pull even with Auburn, the longtime leader in his recruitment.

"The coaches are telling me that I am their top priority right now and they would love to land me," Johnson said. "That made me really satisfied with LSU. If they are telling me that I am the top guy on the board right now, then that makes me seriously think about LSU even more. That's big for me."

Johnson was able to meet Saturday with both LSU coach Les Miles and quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe, who have both kept in consistent contact with Johnson even when they haven't been able to make phone calls.

"I talk with LSU a lot," Johnson said. "We keep in good contact. We talk on Facebook every other day right now. I like checking up on them and seeing how things are going."

On his second trip to Baton Rouge, Johnson got more one-on-one time with Kragthorpe, who could be his future position coach.

"We really studied in the film room," Johnson said. "We went over practice film and he was showing me things."

Johnson said LSU is making a push because of the offense Miles and Co. have implemented in recent years, one he saw first-hand when Zach Mettenberger passed for three touchdowns in Saturday's scrimmage.

"It's an offense that I am comfortable with and I am a fan of," Johnson said. "Coach Miles had a great meeting with me and my dad (Saturday), and we saw some new things about LSU that we didn't know. It's an offense and a school we feel comfortable with."

For Johnson, one of the most coveted quarterback prospects in the South, the travels don't stop with Baton Rouge.

"I go to Ole Miss on Tuesday and South Carolina on Thursday," Johnson said. "I have to keep it going. We won the state title in basketball, but that was holding me up on taking visits and all that."

Right now, Johnson doesn't have a timetable for a decision.

Last fall, he passed for 2,380 yards and 22 touchdowns, as reported on He added 103 yards on the ground.

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