Go Pokes was able to confirm that LSU-announced transfer wide receiver Tyron Johnson has been in contact with Oklahoma State. The Baton Rouge Advocate newspaper first reported Johnson's departure from LSU. Johnson tweeted the announcement that he was transferring and had secured his release from LSU.
Go Pokes learned today that Johnson, his father, Tyrone, or both had been in contact with Oklahoma State football. Current Cowboys receivers coach Kasey Dunn had recruited Johnson.
The 6-1, 189-pound Johnson was both an Under-Armour and USA Today All-American at Warren Easton High School where he caught 94 passes for 1,589 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior and another 87 receptions for 1,433 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior.
Oklahoma State along with LSU, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas Tech were in the hunt the longest in Johnson's recruitment. Oklahoma State is a very likely landing spot for Johnson as he is well acquainted with current Pokes receiver Jalen McCleskey and the McCleskey family including former NFL player and Jalen's father, J.J. He may also know current OSU linebacker Travis Henry from Baton Rouge and Central High School.
In his first season at LSU, Johnson caught nine passes for 150 yards and that included two touchdowns. His longest catch was a 61-yard touchdown against Western Kentucky.
Johnson's reason for leaving LSU appears to be the Tigers pro-style and more run-oriented offense.
Johnson would, obviously, be a welcomed addition to the Oklahoma State receiver corps, which loses seniors Marcell Ateman, Jhajuan Seales and Austin Hays after this season.
Johnson will have to sit out the upcoming season as a transfer but still expect a decision and him to be on campus at his new school very soon. Oklahoma State starts classes on Monday.