June 13, 2009

Two big offers come in for La. cornerback

With LSU's first prospect camp in the books, several players managed to impress the coaches enough to leave Baton Rouge with an offer in hand. One of those performers that had a terrific few days on campus was New Orleans (La.) O.P. Walker cornerback Urell Johnson. The performance certainly was one that left the LSU coaches impressed.

"Tennessee and LSU have offered," Johnson said. "Tennessee offered like last week, last Saturday. And LSU offered when I was at the camp and I just got back from their three-day camp."

Johnson, a big cornerback that is also one of the top long-jumpers in the state, learned of the offer from LSU's new defensive backs coach.

"The DB coach told me, Coach Cooper. They all were liking me in the one-on-ones. I was there all three days. It was nice. I learned a lot and it was good for me to go."

The offer wasn't one that caught Johnson totally off guard, but the timing was.

"I kind of was expecting them to offer," he said. "Not this soon, but I was excited. I was a fan of LSU. I always was."

Johnson has been to the LSU several times so the recent Baton Rouge trip was nothing new to him but he had never left with news quite this good. Despite the offer though, Johnson is not yet ready to commit or even name a favorite.

"To me, they're all the same right now," he said. "I'm still not partial to anyone right now."

Along with the LSU offer, Tennessee is a school that has Johnson interested. Already the Tennessee staff has built a strong relationship with the talented program of O.P. Walker by landing a commitment out of its standout 2011 defensive tackle Anthony Johnson.

"I like Tennessee," said the three-star cornerback. "I've been talking to coach Frank Wilson (current Tennessee assistant and former O.P. Walker head coach). He gave me the news over the phone."

Johnson next hopes to camp at Alabama in July and is working on getting to Florida State as well. A third school that Johnson hopes to land an offer from is Oregon. Regardless of who sends an offer his way next, Johnson knows the decision will be a tough one.

"I'm going to see how the season goes and go about the season and see about my playing time but it's going to be a hard decision I know."


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