"I believe the thing that did it was coach [Les] Miles' home visit with Patrick," Peterson stated. "He seemed very sincere and honest. He informed us that most of LSU's secondary would be leaving after this season and there would be a good opportunity for Patrick to get some early playing time either as a freshman or for sure as a sophomore."
Johnson being away from his Florida home is not a concern for Johnson's father.
"Patrick's mother and I really enjoyed our visit to LSU," said Peterson. "Baton Rouge is a nice community and the campus had a good atmosphere. The academics are excellent there with great teachers. I plan on visiting Death Valley often to watch Patrick play and I'll even make a few road trips to the Georgia and Florida games as well. We'll keep in touch."
Some people thought coach Bo Pelini's decision to head to Nebraska may have hurt LSU's chances for Johnson's signature but that was not the case.
"Coach Miles did a good job of letting us know early on what was going on," Peterson explained. "Miles is a man of good faith and a man of his word. He informed us coach Pelini would not be there next season and LSU would name its new defensive coordinator sometime after the BCS title game.
"Coach Mile's always tells you the right things," Peterson concluded. "His decision to return to LSU played a major part in Patrick selecting LSU."
Note: Final senior (6-5) stats: 733 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns (9 rushing, one kick return and one punt return). Defensively, he had 21 tackles and five interceptions.