LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson didn't mention Tyron Johnson by name, but he made it clear how big a priority he is for the Tigers.
Wilson spoke at the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club on Monday, following Johnson's coach — Tony Hull — at the podium. Wilson has spent the better part of the last two weeks recruiting, stopping by area high schools to work his extensive relationships built as a former high school coach, and Warren Easton is certainly one of those stops.
“Tony’s kinda important to us, so we’re going over there too," Wilson joked.
Wilson and the rest of the LSU coaches will be in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this weekend to see Johnson and Warren Easton shoot for a state championship, as one of five title games to be played this weekend.
“We’ll be [there] to support our coaches and teams as the flagship state university and do our very best to get those guys to come to LSU," Wilson said while looking in Coach Hull's direction.
The real recruiting magic came during the question and answer portion. Earlier in his speech, Wilson mistakenly said that LSU was aiming for another 10-win season. That's obviously incorrect as the Tigers have eight wins with only one game remaining.
When one of the high school coaches in attendance pointed that out, Wilson flipped it into a recruiting opportunity.
“I got an answer for you. So here’s what happens. There’s a regular season, and then there’s a bowl game. Then there’s a game that’s won on the first Wednesday in February. So when National Signing Day comes and we get the best wide receiver in the country, the best player in our state, that’s our tenth win."
No, Wilson never said Johnson's name, so he made sure to not violate any NCAA rules. And while it was all in good fun, the message came through loud and clear just how badly Wilson and the rest of the coaches want Johnson to be a Tiger.
The four-star receiver recently included LSU in his final five and took an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge this past weekend. If all goes Wilson's way, the Warren Easton standout will be signing with the Tigers in about two months.
You can click here for the full video from Wilson's appearance at the GNO QB Club, courtesy of SportsNola.com.
Frank Wilson sends a message to Tyron Johnson
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