LSU up next for Johnson

Michael Johnson collected an offer from LSU in march after giving his commitment to Louisville. Since then, those two schools have held the top spots on his list and he doesn't anticipate anything changing until after his visit to Baton Rouge.

For the majority of the recruiting process, safety Michael Johnson has kept two schools at the top of his list. The 6-3 190 pound Johnson is currently committed to Louisville, but that hasn't stopped other programs from pursuing him, including LSU. Johnson, a standout at Champagnat Catholic School of Hialeah (FL), has had the Cardinals and Tigers on top for quite some time. Until recently that was still the case, but several new offers have led to Johnson expanding his top list of schools to three.

"Last week I got offered by Cincinnati, Indiana and Tennessee last week," Johnson told TSD. "They didn't really change anything for me, but Indiana has me a little bit interested because of their business program. They are in my top three."

When he picked up an offer from the Tigers in March, Johnson was immediately interested in learning more about the program. While the contact with the Tigers hasn't been as heavy as in the past, Johnson has plans to reach out to the coaching staff in the next few days.

"The last time that I talked to LSU was last month," said Johnson. "I plan on calling them today or on Tuesday to discuss some things before I head over there."

The next big event on his calendar will be a visit to the LSU campus. When Johnson makes the trip, it will be his first to the state of Louisiana and he already knows what he will be looking closely at once he arrives in Baton Rouge.

"I'm still taking the trip to LSU in July," said Johnson. "I just want to see how the team is and how easily that I can bond with them. I also want to find out more about their business program."

Because he has only been in contact with one LSU staff member so far in the process, Johnson hopes that he will have time while on campus to form some new relationships with coaches and grow the one that already exists.

"I only have a relationship with coach [Corey] Raymond because he is the only one that I talk to," said Johnson. "I hope to build relationships with the other coaches when I get there and get to be around everything."

Johnson won't be alone when he camps at LSU. Four-star defensive tackle Travonte Valentine recently transferred to Champagnat Catholic and has been able to form a sold friendship with Johnson. Valentine holds an offer from the Bayou Bengals and will be on campus with Johnson to take in Baton Rouge for the July camp session.

According to Johnson, Valentine has an interest in LSU and the two have already agreed that they would like to play together in college.

"He is entertaining LSU for sure," said Johnson. "He plans to make his decision in November and he will be at camp in July. We want to play together on the next level. I know LSU needs defensive lineman and he is interested in them."

In terms of Johnson and his commitment status with Louisville, he explained the he will take a look at where things stand following his visit to LSU.

"I could see myself over there," said Johnson. "Right now, I'm with Louisville until I decommit. I haven't done that yet and I just want to see what all LSU has to offer."

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