JEFFERSON — Tyron Johnson planned to be in attendance for Donte Jackson's commitment ceremony, regardless of who he was going to pick. It just happened to work out that Jackson followed in his friend's footsteps and chose LSU.
About three months after Johnson committed to the Tigers live during the Under-Armour All-American Game, five-Star Jackson made his choice Wednesday at his high school. Johnson was seated behind him, decked out in purple and gold.
Now the New Orleans duo's ready to take over for LSU.
“It's a big day for him," Johnson said. "It’s great because we grew up together. It meant a lot for me to come out here and watch him commit in front of his school and family.”
Johnson knew before everyone else in the Riverdale gymnasium. Jackson had already informed him of his decision.
“He told me he really wants to stay home and play with his boys," Johnson said.
Those two combined with Xavier Lewis to form a top priority for Frank Wilson throughout this recruiting cycle. It was a clean sweep for the LSU recruiting coordinator. Johnson likes to think he played a part in getting Jackson to follow suit, but he can't take all the credit.
“I was in his ear a little bit," Johnson said. "But it was all him. He wanted to pick LSU. That’s where his heart is. I told him LSU, but he also liked Georgia. It’s just great that he picked LSU.”
Jackson said he and Johnson tried to avoid talking recruiting whenever they got together. They didn't want that decision getting between them in case Jackson decided to go to Georgia. But now that everything's official, they'll be happy to discuss LSU.
"When we’re together, we’re just hanging out, not really talking about college football," Jackson said. "But now we have something to talk about.”
These two have played on separate teams throughout their high school careers. Now they'll reunite on the practice field for the Tigers. That'll mean some highly-competitive one-on-ones when these two get together. Who will win?
“That’s gonna be bad for him," Jackson said with a smile.
Tyron Johnson, Donte Jackson ready for LSU
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