Editor’s note: As LSU prepares for what should be a promising 2016 campaign, expectations are sky-high as the team returns 18 starters and the nation’s third-ranked recruiting class.
Over the next few weeks, SEC Country will take a closer look at LSU’s 25 most important players who will determine whether this upcoming season will be a success or letdown.
No. 22: Tyron Johnson
Wide receiver Tyron Johnson was one of the gems of LSU’s 2015 recruiting class, and he may be on the verge of a breakout season as a sophomore.
A former 5-star recruit from New Orleans, Johnson (6-foot-1, 191 pounds) figures to be a key component of LSU’s aerial attack.
Naturally, Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural are the incumbents at wideout, but younger players will have to contribute and fill the roles of No. 3 and 4 receiver in the slot. Johnson already proved he is more than capable of stretching the field when he hauled in a 61-yard touchdown pass against Western Kentucky last season.
As a true freshman, Johnson also made strides as the season went on. Following his highlight-reel grab against Western Kentucky, Johnson stepped in for an injured Dural to snag five receptions for 83 yards and another touchdown on the road against Ole Miss.
Johnson separated himself as the top prospect in Louisiana as a part of the Warren Easton Charter School (New Orleans) spread offense. As LSU looks to incorporate many of those same principles into its passing game, there will be more opportunities for Johnson to become a regular contributor.
This spring, Johnson took second-team reps right behind Dupre, meaning he is next in line as LSU’s go-to receiver. He figures to be on the field in three- and four-wide receiver sets, and is poised for much bigger things in 2016.
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Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.