Brian Johnson commits to LSU

The stock of the LSU recruiting class for 2002 should climb with its latest addition. The Tigers received a commitment Friday from one of the top offensive linemen in Florida - Brian Johnson of Godby High School in Tallahassee.

Johnson (6-5, 300) picked the Tigers over Arkansas in what was largely "a family decision" according to Godby head coach Shelton Crews. A two-year starter for the Cougars, Johnson was a big reason why Godby posted over 5,300 combined rushing yards over the last two seasons.

Crews used Johnson mostly at guard until injuries required him to push him out to tackle. In college, the coach expects Brian to be used at guard where his good footwork and pass blocking skills will be put to use.

"He's one of the best offensive linemen in Florida - if not the best," Crews told Tiger Rag. "Brian's fully qualified and really looking forward to being a Tiger."

Johnson, who is academically qualified, was a Class 4A all-state selection in his senior season and picked to represent Florida in its annual all-star showdown with California. Crews graded him out at 87 percent for the season and credited him with 64 "de-cleatings" - including three on one play.

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