ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — LSU reeled in Louisiana’s big fish — again.
Warren Easton receiver Tyron Johnson, the state’s composite No. 1 ranked prospect, committed to the Tigers on Friday at halftime of the Under Armour All-American Game.
Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 191-pound five-star from New Orleans, chose the Tigers over Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in a nationally televised selection ceremony on ESPN2. Johnson could become the fourth prospect ranked No. 1 in the state in 247Sports’ composite rankings to commit to the Tigers in the last five recruiting years.
LSU now has commits from five of the top 10 players in the state: Johnson (1), Catholic running back Derrius Guice (2), University running back Nick Brossette (4), East St. John receiver Xavier Lewis (6) and Lakeshore fullback David Ducre (10).
Johnson is the second-best receiver in the nation, according to the rankings, and he’s the 21st-best prospect in the country. He is LSU’s 17th commit of the 2015 class, excluding a commit from Jesuit tight end Foster Moreau.
Johnson caught 94 passes for 1,589 yards and 17 touchdowns this season and was an easy choice for the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 4A All-State Team.
He’s a big get for this recruiting class and someone running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson suggested the Tigers needed during a speech to the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club earlier this month.
Johnson took official visits to Texas Tech and Auburn and is scheduled to visit Oklahoma State on Jan. 16, according to 247Sports. He’s set to visit LSU on Jan. 23.
Johnson’s commitment is much-needed good news for the program. LSU lost 31-28 to Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl on Tuesday and then lost defensive coordinator John Chavis to Texas A&M a day later.
Meanwhile, linebacker Kwon Alexander and cornerback Jalen Collins have announced their intentions to bypass their senior seasons and enter the NFL draft.
Mack not considering LSU
Now that John Chavis has bolted Baton Rouge for Texas A&M, a heavily targeted Tigers prospect may be poised to follow him there.
Immediately after Friday afternoon’s Under Armour All-America Game at Tropicana Field, Gladewater (Texas) High defensive tackle Daylon Mack said he’s no longer considering LSU.
What’s more, the No. 1 overall player in the ESPN 300 has set up a visit to Texas A&M — from which he previously de-committed — for Jan. 24.
“I’m not gonna lie, if Chavis would’ve stayed at LSU, I probably would’ve gone to LSU,” Mack said.
Now, he instead will visit Texas and TCU, in addition to College Station, this month.
“(TCU’s) really coming on strong,” said Mack, the Armour team’s MVP (seven tackles, three for loss, one fumble recovery) in its 46-6 loss to Highlight. “They’ve got a lot of people coming back, too.”
Keller (Texas) 335-pound OG Maea Teuhema, who committed to LSU the day older brother Sione signed with the Tigers in February, said Friday he remains eager to re-join his sibling.
Sione Teuhema had two sacks in nine games as a Tigers freshman defensive end.
“He likes it up there and the (Tigers) coaches bring the best out of you and push you to the limit,” said Maea Teuhema, who lined up at left guard for the Armour team Friday. “I can’t wait to get up there.”
Teuhema, ranked the nation’s No. 5 guard by ESPN, entered Under Armour week at roughly 335 pounds. He said he’ll exit closer to 340.
“The best part was going against the best,” he said. “I really liked the competition I had this week and it really shows where I’m at.”
Odds and ends
Friday’s attendance was 25,461, the largest in the Under Armour game’s eight-year history. ... Two individual game records were set Friday. Place-kicker Justin Yoon (Notre Dame) connected on a 47-yard field goal, and un-committed running back Damien Harris of Berea, Kentucky, ran for 122 yards on 16 carries. ... Cedar Hill (Texas) receiver DaMarkus Lodge, who led the Armour team with four catches for 42 yards, said LSU remains on his short list, which he refused to specify further. He already has visited Baton Rouge.