Vital Data: Godby football coach Shelton Crews calls Johnson a strong and athletically gifted lineman. The numbers back up his claim.
Johnson has posted a 500-pound squad and 390-pound bench press. With a few more offensive weapons at its disposal, Godby was able to rush for over 3,300 yards in Johnson's junior season. But for the 2001 season, Crews said, "It was no secret we were running behind Brian." Even then, the Cougars still managed to exceed 2,000 yards on the ground despite not having Johnson available for the last game of the season due to an injury.
Tiger Rag's take: We don't want to sound like a broken record when it comes to offensive linemen, but history tells us they seldom get used as true freshmen. However, LSU has a vacancy at guard with Dwayne Pierce's departure. If a veteran doesn't emerge, don't be surprised if Johnson comes through in a pinch.
The Scoop: Brian's dad played football for Florida State, but the hometown Seminoles did not show an interest in the younger Johnson. Arkansas, Clemson and both North Carolina schools came through with offers. Insiders say Johnson made it known he was interested in leaving the state of Florida.