WHEN: Under-Armour All-American Game, 3 p.m., ESPN
RANKING: No. 43 overall, No. 6 WR, No. 1 Louisiana
LOWDOWN: LSU has had a significant lead in the mind of most analysts’ throughout Tyron Johnson’s recruitment, but there has been significant buzz for Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in the final week.
No school has hosted Johnson for more visits than LSU though. He’s been a steady presence in Baton Rouge over the last year. He was at the Bayou Picnic in May, Elite Camp in the summer, attended multiple games this season and most recently took an unofficial visit on a Saturday last month. Frank Wilson and Adam Henry have led the charge for his services, though it’s been an all-hands-on-deck effort for the state’s best player. LSU hasn’t hid the fact that Johnson’s their biggest priority in this class, dropping some not-so-subtle hints about the importance of landing him. Though production in the passing game wasn’t ideal in 2014, LSU has showed Johnson several ways they’ll get the ball in his hands should he play for the Tigers.
Texas Tech is probably the biggest threat to LSU for his commitment. The Red Raiders received his lone official visit during the season, heading up to Lubbock in October. The high-flying passing attack Kliff Kingsbury’s made famous certainly has Johnson’s attention, and the Red Raiders have made him one of their top targets. They recently sent eight coaches down to New Orleans to visit Johnson at his high school.
Oklahoma State has carried some buzz as well recently. They too have the type of offense that promises him plenty of yardage. His training partner and close friend, Jalen McClesky, is an Oklahoma State commit, and that connection has helped keep the Cowboys on his mind. Johnson hasn’t taken an official visit up to Stillwater, but he has taken an unofficial in the past, so he does have some familiarity with what the Pokes have going on up there.
PREDICTION: LSU has felt like it would be the pick for quite some time, and there’s no reason to change that now. His familiarity and comfort with the LSU program is a big pull. They’ve also sold on him getting involved with those jet sweeps we’ve seen the Tigers utilize in recent weeks with Travin Dural. Though LSU is our prediction, this will still be one to watch until National Signing Day.
Johnson has an official visit scheduled to Oklahoma State the weekend of Jan. 16. He’s expected to be at LSU the following weekend, leaving Jan. 30 open for one more visit. He may give Auburn or Georgia one last look or pop up to Lubbock for an unofficial visit. Though LSU figures to be the team he selects Friday, the Tigers will have to continue working to lock him up until the first Wednesday in February.