Crunch time coming for Tyron Johnson

Tyron Johnson has three schools at the top of his list with key official visits coming in January

LSU's one of three schools at the top of the list for Louisiana's best uncommitted prospect.

Tyron Johnson announced his five finalists earlier this month and said Saturday that three of those stand out a bit more. LSU, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech are schools best positioned to land the nation's No. 6 wide receiver.

Georgia and Auburn are still in the mix, he admitted, but they seem to be trailing that lead group.

With his senior season behind him, Johnson is now ready to focus on his recruitment. He's already taken one official visit to Texas Tech during the season, and LSU is expected to host him the weekend of Jan. 23. Johnson plans to squeeze in the rest of his visits in the month of January.

He may also be making a decision soon. He said Sunday that he plans to announce his commitment at the Under-Armour game on Jan. 2. Even if he does stick to that plan though, he still intends to take visits afterward.

Johnson was last on LSU's campus the weekend of Dec. 5, when he joined Xavier Lewis and Donte Jackson for an unofficial visit.

“It was great,” Johnson said. “I was around a bunch of people from New Orleans and we just hung out. It felt good being up there...LSU is close to home and I have a real good relationship with the coaches. They get receivers to the NFL and there’s a lot of people I know over there.”

Johnson watched LSU closely this season as the offense struggled in the passing game. The Tigers showed signs of life and creativity in the regular season finale against Texas A&M, and that certainly caught Johnson's attention.

“It was nice seeing how they got the receivers involved with those jet sweeps and that’s one thing they say they need is the personnel to be able to do more of that,” Johnson said. “That’s something I can bring and another way for me to get the ball.”

As for the other two teams atop his list:

“Oklahoma State has some nice facilities and I like the coaches,” Johnson said. “I like how they throw the ball a lot too. Texas Tech has been on me so long and I really like how the coaches have recruited me and the offense."

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