No. 1 2012 player Avery Johnson commits to LSU a year before Tigers can even make official offer
Avery Johnson, the topped-ranked player in the Sentinel's 2012 Florida Top 100 by Bill Buchalter, has committed to LSU. (Photo by South Florida Sun-Sentinel).
The 6-3, 200-pound wide receiver at Pompano Beach Blanche Ely High verbally committed to LSU Wednesday night, a year before he can even receive an official offer from the Bayou Bengals.
Johnson chose LSU over the Miami, Alabama, Florida and UCF. He will join his brother at LSU. Patrick Peterson, a second team All-American, was an 2007 Blanche Ely grad and is a 6-1, 222-pound junior cornerback and kick returner.
"It wasn't a very hard decision," Johnson said Thursday night prior to Ely's game with Stranahan. "I always thought I would go to LSU in the end. I like the facilities, the school, and the academics. It is just a great place to play football."
Johnson said his brother being there didn't influence his decision. He said it won't be difficult to follow in his footsteps.
"Patrick being there doesn't have anything to do with it," Johnson said. "It should be real easy and it is actually going to be a lot of fun when I go there. "I am happy I got it out of the way." so I can focus on my class work, take my college exam and that's it." What's in store for him this season?
"I am hoping for great stats," said Johnson, who caught a TD pass and two-point conversion early in Thursday night's game. in the Tigers' ??-? victory over Strananhan on Thursday night. " "I want a successful football season and hopefully come home with a 2010 state championship for Blanche Ely High."
In Thursday night's game, Ely whipped up on Stranahan 34-6. Johnson had an 11-yard TD catch.