It would appear that Oklahoma State could be in contention for a pair of receiver transfers that are looking for new homes. LSU sophomore Tyron Johnson (pictured above) has gained his release to any school outside the SEC, while Cal redshirt freshman Carlos Strickland, originally out of Dallas Skyline High School, is looking to get closer to home and family because of a grandfather that has become ill.
Oklahoma State currently has 15 receivers in camp but seven of them are walk-ons, and Marcell Ateman, a senior, is out with an injury until at least the end of nonconference play.
Johnson is a speedster from Warren Easton High School who was a four-star recruit. He caught nine passes last season including a touchdown catch in a loss to Ole Miss. His senior year at Warren Easton he grabbed 94 receptions for 1,589 yards and 17 touchdowns. The news on Johnson just broke on Thursday and his father clarified the reason his son is looking to leave Baton Rouge.
"He wanted to go to a more wide open offense," Tyrone Johnson said in an interview with The (Baton Rouge) Advocate newspaper on Thursday afternoon. "That was the only reason why."
LSU has blocked Johnson from transferring to another Southeastern Conference team, but the sophomore could play at a junior college this fall and then re-enter the SEC, his father said. He is expected to make a decision on a school in "the next week," Tyrone said. Oklahoma State was a finalist in the recruiting pursuit of Johnson along with Texas Tech and, of course, LSU.
Strickland redshirted at Cal last season because a chronic hip injury but he was expected to play a big role this season and he is a big target at 6-4, 220 pounds.
“I am very thankful for the opportunity I’ve had at UC Berkeley and will never forget the memories I’ve shared with my peers,” Strickland said in a tweet. “Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout my time at Cal. I wish the program the best this season and in the years to come.”
Strickland decided to transfer, he said, because his grandfather had recently taken ill, and he wants to be closer to him and his family. Strickland told BearTerritory (Cal's Scout site) that he was unsure of the details of his grandfather's illness.
Oklahoma State was very involved in the recruiting of Strickland.