Last Thursday, LSU sophomore wide receiver Tyron Johnson announced that he would be transferring to a program with a more open offense. LSU blocked his ability to play for a school within the SEC next year, but Johnson, through his father, was expected to decide on his destination within a week. Friday afternoon, reports are that Oklahoma State will be that destination:
Being told former LSU wide receiver Tyron Johnson is headed to Oklahoma State. That would be a pretty good offense for him.
— Chris Hagan (@ChrisHaganTV) August 19, 2016
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as Oklahoma State–along with Texas Tech–was another finalist in the recruiting process for the New Orleans native.
Johnson is the fourth wide receiver to leave LSU this offseason as their offense isn’t particularly friendly to receivers beyond the top two. With Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural, the Tigers have a solid top two and, based on those around LSU practices, Johnson seemed to be deep on their depth chart at the position.
Out of high school, Johnson was regarded by 247sports.com as the fifth-best receiving recruit in the country and the 27th ranked player overall. He was rated as a five-star prospect. As a freshman last season, the 6-1 receiver had nine receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns, including a 61-yard TD reception against Western Kentucky. He led LSU in receiving against Ole Miss in their penultimate regular season game with 83 yards on five catches, which included a 39-yard touchdown catch.
Johnson will join an Oklahoma State team that went 10-2 (7-2 in the Big 12) in 2015 and lost their Sugar Bowl matchup against Ole Miss. Oklahoma State and head coach Mike Gundy seem to be a good fit for Johnson on paper as successful receivers such as Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon have recently passed through the program.