According to a statement released via Twitter on Thursday afternoon, LSU Tigers wide receiver Tyron Johnson will be transferring, but has been blocked from attending any other SEC schools. A former top-ranked prospect and five-star recruit in the state of Louisiana, the up-and-coming pass catcher announced his decision to transfer with the following statement on Thursday:
“I would like to thank LSU and the great coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play for them at the highest level of college football and I would like to thank my family and fans for supporting me during my time at LSU. I will miss my brothers and playing in Death Valley. I have been granted my release and I will be transferring. Forever LSU.”
Tyron’s father, Tyrone, added the following in regard to his son’s looming transfer.
“He wanted to go to a more wide-open offense. That was the only reason why.”
Despite being barred from transferring to another SEC school, Johnson could enter the junior college ranks before re-entering the SEC at a later date.
Johnson is expected to make his decision sometime in the next week. It is also worth noting that prior to formerly picking LSU out of high school, Johnson also displayed interest in both the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Oklahoma State Cowboys. He then committed to the Tigers in January 2015 and made his decision public during a halftime ceremony at the Under Armour All-American Game.