Only three in-state prospects in the 2015 class have received LSU offers. Tyron Johnson is now one of them.
LSU extended an offer to the Warren Easton WR on May 23, putting him in the company of Nicholas Brossette and Derrius Guice as Louisiana sophomores with LSU offers. Though Johnson didn't grow up a diehard LSU fan, he said it was still nice to get an offer from the home-state school.
"It felt good," Johnson said. "It's just another offer, but I'm blessed to have it…I wasn't a big college football fan, so I liked a lot of colleges. LSU was definitely one of them…It's definitely a big deal for me because I'm just a sophomore."
Johnson noticed the LSU interest had started to pick up this spring. Both Frank Wilson and Adam Henry made a visit to his school during the evaluation period to get a firsthand look at his talent.
"My dad said [Wilson] wanted us to call him," Johnson said. "So I found his card and gave him a call. That's when he offered me…He just wants me to be a part of the LSU team. He said I have a full scholarship offer to LSU."
Only a sophomore, Johnson has had limited contact with the LSU coaching staff. He was invited to the Tigers' Bayou Picnic last weekend but was unable to make it, but he said he is looking forward to building a relationship with Coaches Henry and Wilson.
In terms of ability, Johnson is an early favorite to be ranked as one of the state's top prospects once the 2015 rankings are released. At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Johnson said he's been clocked with a 4.48-second, 40-yard dash time.
"My strength is the knack to make people miss to get yards after the catch," Johnson said. "Instead of just catching it, I can get farther. That's something that separates me from regular receivers. They just catch the ball, but I make the play after to get extra yards."
That ability has forced colleges to take notice. Johnson already has seven offers. LSU and Oklahoma are the two latest. Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Clemson are some other BCS schools represented on his list.
"It's been amazing," Johnson said. "The recruiting process has been good to me. I'm up to seven offers. Oklahoma offered me right after LSU…I'm still going to wait on all the offers. Then when more offers come in, that's when I'm going to start getting after it."
Johnson still has a long way to go in the recruiting process, but he already has an idea of some things he'll be looking for once he starts narrowing his focus on these programs.
"I'm looking at the type of quarterback and offense the school has," Johnson said. "The depth, and how the coaches coach and treat their players."
As for his immediate future, Johnson doesn't have any finalized plans for camps he'd like to attend this summer. He'll spend a lot of time participating in 7-on-7 tournaments and preparing for the fall. Johnson and his team at Warren Easton have high expectations for the upcoming season.
"I want to help my team win, help them get past the first round of the playoffs," Johnson said. "The past two seasons, we've failed to win the first round of the playoffs, so that's what I want to do…We have two other guys getting a lot of attention (Deshawn Capers-Smith and Arthur McGinnis) from colleges. We should be nice next year."
Johnson offered by the home-state school
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