There will be a number of prospects visiting LSU on March 27 for the Tigers’ spring game and junior day but Mickey Johnson will not be one of them as he will be in Miami for a Nike Camp.
With his schedule already set for the 27th, Johnson wanted to get a look at the Tigers in action so he took in LSU’s first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday when he, his father and two cousins made the drive up from Covington.
This was just one of many unofficial visits the 6-1, 300-pound defensive tackle from St. Paul’s has taken to LSU but this trip gave him a chance to talk with the Tiger coaches for the first time since receiving his official scholarship offer.
Johnson said that he enjoyed his time on campus and even though he had no intentions of committing on this trip the word commitment was tossed around by others in one form or another.
“They (coaches) said that they want me to be a Tiger and that hopefully next time I come up I’ll be one for good,” Johnson said.
In the brief talks that he had with Les Miles, defensive line coach Brick Haley and special teams/assistant defensive line coach Joe Robinson, Johnson got another good feel for what the coaches like about his game.
“They said they like my work ethic in the weight room and my point of attack at the size I am and my quickness,” he said. “They tell me that I’m the kind of guy they need and want.”
Johnson’s work ethic extends far beyond the weight room and his passion for lifting weights is something that drives him from the minute he gets out of bed and grabs the 65-pound dumbbells that sit by his bed.
“I just wake up and do some hammer curls and preacher curls,” he said with a laugh. “I like to get the blood flowing and get my mind right to get the day off to a good start.”
That type of desire and passion has helped Johnson’s recruitment take off to the point that he’s at 13 scholarship offers. Though his name is one of the hottest commodities in Louisiana right now, Johnson says that he remains humble in his quest to find his home after high school.
That quest is one reason that the standout defender took in LSU’s scrimmage that left him impressed with what he saw in the 2010 version of the Tigers. He said that the players got after one another physically and that a lot of players were competing.
Some of that competition was along the defensive front where two players in particular caught Johnson’s attention.
“Drake Nevis and the redshirt freshman Mike Brockers,” Johnson said. “Their size and speed and their hand placement and the way they used their hands impressed me. I was just real impressed with a lot of guys.”
Someone else who left with an appreciation of what LSU offers is Johnson’s father, who got to see everything first-hand for the first time.
“He liked it,” Johnson said of his father. “He said that the facilities were real nice and he enjoyed the way the coaches told him all about the upcoming season and what they expected. It was a good day for both of us.”
Johnson says that nothing has changed in his recruitment and that he plans on taking his time with making a decision. He’s spoken to his parents about the decision that he will have to make at some point and with signing day 11 months away there is no need to rush into anything.
“I’m really considering all schools right now and I’m just keeping everybody equal,” he said. “I’m going to watch and see how teams do this year and just take my time. I had a lot of fun today at LSU but I’m just going to take my time.”