Avery Johnson will have to wait a while to continue the family business at LSU. But his father insists the latest turn of events is only a delay.
The highly touted wide receiver from Pompano Beach, Fla., did not get a high enough SAT score on his final chance and will head to a prep school for the 2012 season, his father said Saturday.
The plan is for the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Johnson to spend this fall at a prep school, take the test again and enroll at LSU in January.
"He's disappointed, but now he knows he's got to buckle down," said Patrick Peterson Sr., whose older son Patrick Peterson Jr. was an All-American for the Tigers and a 2011 first-round NFL Draft pick. "He's one of 3,000 other kids who has this problem. He needs to take some time and focus on what's in front of him. He wasn't focused so much and excited about being an LSU Tiger that he wasn't focused enough on what he needed to do to get there. The next time he takes test, he'll take care of it.
"He's still going to come to LSU regardless. That's where he's wanted to be all along."
Johnson was the Tigers' first commitment in the Class of 2012 and delivered a solid high school career at Blanche Ely in South Florida after playing his sophomore season at Redemptorist.
A familiar face around the program while his brother was starring from 2008-10, Johnson will have four years of eligibility remaining once he gets on campus from a prep school.
"This is a setback, but he's going to be fine," Peterson Sr. said. "He knows what he has to do."
Besides Johnson, LSU is also still waiting on offensive lineman Fehoko Faniaka, a transfer from College of San Mateo. The delay on Faniaka is the posting of a grade for a course he took this summer. Johnson is the second academic casualty from the Class of 2012, joining quarterback Jeremy Liggins, who will spend the next two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College after failing to qualify academically.
Johnson's LSU career put on hold
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