Louisiana's best player is staying home.
Four-star wide receiver Tyron Johnson, the highest ranked prospect in the state, announced his commitment Friday to LSU during a national broadcast of the Under-Armour All-America Game. He chose the home-state program over Big XII suitors Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
Johnson ranks as the nation's No. 6 wide receiver and the No. 43 overall recruit. Should his commitment hold until National Signing Day, LSU will have secured Louisiana's No. 1 prospect in each of the last three classes.
Johnson gives LSU its second wide receiver commit in the 2015 class, joining fellow four-star Jazz Ferguson. LSU didn't exactly keep secret how big a priority he was for their class. Frank Wilson joked in not-so-subtle terms last month during a speaking engagement that landing a commitment from a certain Warren Easton wide receiver would be just as big as any win LSU got during the regular season.
The Tigers will need to continue recruiting Johnson though to ensure another team doesn't change his mind before NSD. Johnson does plan to take visits despite making his commitment Friday. He has one scheduled to Oklahoma State on Jan. 16. He's expected to take his LSU official the following weekend, and he may take a trip to Texas Tech, Georgia or Auburn on Jan. 30.
But Johnson did give LSU plenty of reason to think his decision will hold, as he made his announcement by holding up a No. 3 LSU jersey.
"It's a family, and everyone can come watch me play. Coach Frank Wilson is a great guy, and we've developed a great relationship...I'm very confident [I can make an early impact]. They have depth at receiver, go-getters that go straight down the line. But I can come underneath and make something happen."
That No. 3 jersey was certainly an homage to fellow New Orleans wide receiver Odell Beckham, who compares favorably to Johnson.
Johnson should have an immediate impact in his freshman season. His skill set makes him a versatile weapon in the offense, with sure hands and playmaking ability with the ball in his hands. He helped lead Warren Easton to the state championship game, where he hurdled a defender on one of several highlight plays. He may also have a promising future in the return game as well.
The Tigers still have several other wide receivers on the board for the remainder of the 2015 class. Pine's Derrick Dillon (a Florida commit) and Patterson's Daylon Charlot are two of the top targets along with five-star pass catcher DaMarkus Lodge from the Dallas area.
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Tyron Johnson commits to LSU
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