Florida standouts considering LSU

LSU has received 10 verbal commitments for its signing class of 2002 - all of whom hail from the state of Louisiana. With just a few more pledges expected from in-state talent, the Tigers will obviously look for more players from other parts of the country. One area the staff has looked into is Florida, where it faces competition from three national college powerhouses

Brian Johnson is one of Florida's best offensive linemen and he is thinking very seriously about the prospect of coming to LSU.

"I have offers from LSU, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida and Southern Cal," said offensive line prospect Brian Johnson. "I am open but those are the schools I like right now. I know that LSU, Arkansas, and Clemson will get visits for sure."

Johnson is from Tallahassee's Godby High School. Johnson, 6-5 and 295 pounds, has graded out in the high 80s so far this season. He also has 19 pancake blocks in four games. Johnson bench presses 385 pounds, squats 505 and power clean 305. His father, Gary Johnson (NG), played for the Florida State Seminoles in the mid-70s.

The Tigers are also in the running for another player in the backyard of the Seminoles. Defensive back Pat Watkins of Tallahassee-Lincoln is giving consideration to the in-state schools but doesn't rule out leaving home.

One of the nation's top defensive backs is Pat Watkins. He stars for Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln High School. Watkins, 6-4 and 190 pounds, plays free safety.

"Right now, I will officially visit Miami, Georgia, LSU, Southern Cal and Notre Dame," said Watkins. "I am in the process of setting up the visits. I am also very interested in Florida State and now Florida. They are so close to home that I will just take an unofficial visit to see those schools."

On the year, Watkins has 55 tackles and 2 pass breakups. Last season as a junior, Watkins recorded 126 tackles and 5 interceptions.

- Jamie Newberg, BorderWars.com

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