Getting to know Josh Johns

Josh Johns want have to travel far when he heads off to college as Central is only a stone's throw away from the LSU campus. Making the transition to the college level is something he's already begun and he shared his thoughts on that and more when he spoke to this week.

Josh Johns

Position: Safety

Current Size and Speed: 6-foot-2, 208 pounds, 4.5

High School: Central

City-State: Baton Rouge, LA

Senior Stats: 60 tackles, 16 for loss, six interceptions, six blocked kicks

Senior Awards/Honors: Class 5A All-State (1st team)

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Recruited By: LSU, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, ULM Position Ranking: No. 96 Safety (***)



Senior season at Central….. “It was awesome. It was by far the best team that I’ve played on. We lost in the semifinals against Destrehan. We didn’t have a bunch of college prospects; we were just a team but we did really well. I thought I played well, especially in big games at the end.”


Spent time on the diamond….. “I did play baseball up until my senior year. I can’t say I don’t miss it. I just like competing.”


At least a greyshirt offer….. “I started off with a greyshirt offer. But I’ve been talking to coach Crowton a lot the last few weeks, and he said there’s a really good chance there’s going to be room for me to enroll this summer. If that doesn’t happen then I’ll adjust, but as of right now I feel like I’m going to be there next month.”


On if he will play in 2009….. “No matter what, I can take summer school and workout with them in the summer. Basically they can decide at the end of the summer if I can come in and play with this class or not. I don’t know what has to happen for them to decide that, but I’m just ready for whatever.”


Johns wants to join the team….. “I wouldn’t like to sit out a season. I want to play if I could. I wouldn’t hold it against them, though. If I come in this year, I wouldn’t get a lot of playing time anyway, maybe special teams or something. If I wait a year – redshirt, greyshirt, whatever – I know I’ll have a better chance of playing the following year.”


Official visit to LSU….. “I learned my way around a little better. I learned that they were considering me as an outside linebacker and a safety possibly. I just want to play as soon as I can.”


Switch to linebacker….. “They told me I’m coming in as a safety, but I’m already 210 pounds, and if I keep adding weight they said there’s a possibility I could end up moving to outside linebacker.”


On maybe going to another school….. “I had to get a scholarship from LSU to go there, greyshirt or whatever. I basically just wanted LSU to offer, and they waited to the end. I had to wait it out and see what they were going to do. I wasn’t going to walk on when I had other scholarships like Louisiana Tech.”


On the workout adjustments….. “I’ve been following the workout Coach Moffitt sent me to get myself prepared. It’s different from my high school workout but I used to work out with Gayle Hatch so I’m used to it. The hardest part is definitely the running and the 110’s, but I’m doing them to make sure I’m in shape.”


Thoughts on watching spring practice….. “I went over to LSU to watch a lot of the spring practices, one of the scrimmages, and the spring game. I watched how Coach Cooper ran things and just tried to learn as much as possible before I got in. He does a lot of things the same way my coach did them, so it won’t be tough to adjust to his style. His guys play very aggressive and very intense.”

Josh Johns may be making a move to outside linebacker

His take on the spring game….. “I thought the defense performed very well in the spring game. They covered well and were aggressive in tackling. Coach Chavis is really focusing on them becoming a unit and playing as one. I like where their heads are on defense; it’s a full team effort.”


Stacking up in college….. “I think I’m a good size. I’m not huge or anything, but I’m definitely not small. I think I’m at a good size.”


On his injuries in the past….. “I don’t deal with anything now. I did have a stress fracture in my foot my junior year. It kept me out of a couple games.”


Moving in….. “I’m heading up on June 6 but not sure who I’m rooming with.”


On meeting teammates….. “The main couple of guys that I know are Thomas Parsons and Tyler Edwards. I’ve talked to some other guys, too.”


On communication with the coaches….. “I usually talk to Coach Crowton or one of the coaches about once a week. They’ve been keeping me up with everything that’s going on this spring.”


Academic plans….. “I’m undecided on a major. I have a 3.2 and got a 23 on the ACT.”


What sets him apart….. “I like watching film and really trying to get to know the other team. I try to put myself in the best situation and be savvy on the field.”

2009 expectations….. “I think we have a lot of talent, and it basically all comes down to how good we come together as a team. Talented teams that don’t come together end up having seasons like last year. If we play as a team, I think winning the SEC Championship is a great goal.”

Family of football players….. “I have three cousins that are playing college football. One just graduated from Texas Tech. The other two are playing there now. My Dad played at ULM. My grandfather played at LSU.”


Following his grandfather….. “I don’t have a preference for a jersey number, but I would like to wear No. 29. It was my grandfather’s number when he played at LSU.”


Favorite food….. “I’ll have to go with pizza. I eat pizza all the time.”


Movie….. “I’ve got to go with Superbad on that one.”


On being a sports fan….. “I’m usually just a college football fan. If I had to pick a pro sport, of course I would pick football. My favorite team would have to be the Ravens. Ed Reed – he’s amazing.”


Johns wants to tell fans…. “I would tell them that we have a young team, all kind of talent. Expect a lot because we have a lot of talent coming.”

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