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.
Meanwhile, linebacker Kwon Alexander and cornerback Jalen Collins have announced their intentions to bypass their senior seasons and enter the NFL draft.
Johnson is seen as an immediate impact player for LSU – just like the pair of highly touted receivers to commit last season. Malachi Dupre, part of the 2014 signing class, caught five touchdowns this past season. Dupre, like Johnson, was ranked as the nation’s No. 2 receiver in his class.
Trey Quinn, until the final three games of the season, served as a near every-down receiver for the Tigers and finished with 17 catches, second on the team.
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