Flip coming for Johnson?

Michael Johnson has never been out of the state of Florida for anything related to football. He will get his first chance at that this summer when he travels to LSU. Johnson spoke with TSD's Austin Cooper regarding his upcoming visit and whether or not a flip in his commitment could happen.

Three-star safety Michael Johnson – a standout at Champagnat Catholic School of Hialeah (Fl.) – has seen his recruitment pick up since giving his commitment to the Cardinals of Louisville at the beginning of March. One look at his statistics from 2012 (99 tackles, seven forced fumbles and one interception) and it's east to see why the 6-3 190 pound Johnson is still picking up offers despite his commitment. Aside from his most recent offers, Johnson explained that there aren't any new developments in his recruitment.

"I was offered by NC State, Pittsburgh and Kentucky recently," Johnson told TSD. "There haven't really been any other schools making contact with me or anything."

Johnson picked up an offer from LSU in March, shortly after he made his commitment to the Louisville coaching staff. LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond was recently in Florida to check on Johnson and spend some time with his high school coach. While Johnson didn't get a chance to speak with Raymond, he heard good things from his coach.

"To be honest, I wasn't at school," said Johnson. "It would have been great to meet coach Raymond in person because he seems like a great man over the phone. Him and my coach had a few words about me. They said they liked me and they want me to call them soon."

Since making the offer to Johnson, the LSU coaches have maintained regular contact with the nation's 61st ranked safety.

"They have stayed in regular contact with me," said Johnson. "I talk to them on a weekly basis and I really like what I have been hearing from them. We have just been talking about visits and things like that."

Now that Johnson is exploring options other than Louisville, he explained that the Cardinal's coaching staff has been trying to make sure that he is solid in his commitment. However, Johnson explained that his commitment to Louisville is not as strong as it once was because of several factors.

"Well basically they just want to know that I am strongly committed to them," said Johnson. "I don't think I am really all that solid to them because I want to go somewhere that will make me a great player. LSU can do that for me and I really want to be the next great defensive back to come out of LSU."

In terms of visits that Johnson has planned, the talented prospect will be in Baton Rouge for one of the two summer camp sessions to get a first-hand look at the program and the coaches. The trip will be full of firsts for Johnson.

"I'm coming in looking to dominate because I want to let them see what kind of hard work we do here," said Johnson. "I want to impress them and show them what I am made of. I don't think I have a whole lot to prove, but I just want to show them my work ethic and my coachability."

"It will be my first time leaving the state of Florida for anything football related, but it will be a great experience for me."

Having not been outside of Florida before, Johnson is hoping to get a good feel for the culture and atmosphere around the LSU campus. Johnson also wouldn't rule out a potential switch in his commitment following the trip to Baton Rouge.

"If I think it is a great place and I think I fit in well," said Johnson. "It could definitely result in me flipping my commitment. I would have to discuss it with my mom because she is really comfortable with me going to Louisville. Ultimately, it will be my decision and she will support me."

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