Receiver Tyron Johnson announced on Thursday that he’s transferring from LSU, and his father, Tyrone, said it's because of the Tigers' offense.
"He wanted to go to a more wide open offense," Tyrone Johnson said in an interview with The Advocate on Thursday afternoon. "That was the only reason why."
LSU has blocked Tyron 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.
Texas Tech and Oklahoma State were two of Johnson's finalists when he committed to LSU in January of 2015 in a celebrated announcement ceremony at halftime of the Under Armour All-American Game.
In a post on Twitter on Thursday, Johnson said he’s been granted his release and that he’ll “miss my brothers and playing in Death Valley.”
Johnson, a sophomore and the top-ranked prospect from Louisiana in the 2015 signing class, caught nine passes as a freshman last season and was expected to contend for the third or fourth receiver spot this season. He signed with LSU as a five-star prospect, according to at least one outlet, Rivals.com, and ranked as high as the second-best receiver nationally.
Johnson, though, worked with the freshmen and reserves during the first three days of preseason camp, while other receivers — even a walk-on — worked in the morning group with starters and veterans. Coach Les Miles closed camp to reporters starting Sunday. The Tigers conducted their eighth day of camp Thursday.
At practice during the 2014 football season, LSU’s offensive line — one that included curren…
Johnson, a Warren Easton product, caught a touchdown in the loss at Ole Miss last season, and he was competing in camp with a group of talented rookies — two of whom enrolled in January and participated in spring practice.
Freshmen Dee Anderson and Stephen Sullivan, mid-year enrollees, and Drake Davis are all challenging to be the Tigers’ No. 3/4 options behind starters Travin Dural and Malachi Dupre. Jazz Ferguson, a redshirt sophomore, served as the third receiver during spring practice.
Johnson is the fourth receiver to leave the team in the past eight months, joining John Diarse (TCU), Kevin Spears (Jacksonville State) and Trey Quinn (SMU).
Johnson caught 94 passes for 1,589 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior at Warren Easton, drawing offers from throughout the nation.
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