LSU Tigers in Great Position to Flip 4-Star S Michael Johnson from Louisville

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIMarch 12, 2013

Via 247Sports
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4-star safety Michael Johnson is currently committed to the Louisville Cardinals, but a recent offer from Les Miles and the LSU Tigers could drastically impact that commitment.

In fact, there appears to be a very good chance that Johnson will eventually flip his commitment from Louisville in favor of the Tigers. Check out this report from William Weathers of in regards to the LSU offer:

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Johnson committed to the Cardinals earlier this month, but the arrival of LSU's offer last Friday has admittedly shaken things up a bit concerning his recruiting process.

"Right now I'm committed to Louisville but down but I don't know," Johnson said. "Down the line I may change it up because it's going to be a tough decision because I've always liked LSU. I never thought I'd get this offer. I don't know what I'm going to do, but it's going to be a close one."

Johnson then had this to say about the Tigers, dropping a very noteworthy line at the end:

"After the Badger 7-on-7 they were talking about me but that hadn't offered," Johnson said. "When I talked to Coach Raymond, he said they were offering and that I was the kind of guy who come in and play nickel my first year and move to free safety the next year.

"When it comes down to it, I might be a Tiger, that's all I've got to say," Johnson said. "They want to me to come to camp in July, and I plan to be there." 

There's not much that's certain in the world of college football recruiting, but one thing seems very certain in regards to Johnson's recruitment—his commitment to Louisville is not certain.

Affinity to a certain team or program is huge in recruiting, and for Louisville, Johnson's affinity for LSU football is bad news. He committed to Louisville before he received this offer from the Tigers, and for all intents and purposes it has drastically altered his recruitment. Johnson had actually talked to his high school football coach about LSU before he received any offers, per Weathers' report:

"I told him before I got any offers that I'd love to play for LSU," Johnson said. "They've had great defensive backs and they're the only team I watch when I watch defensive back drills. I'm also a big Honey Badger (Tyrann Mathieu) fan."

As a defensive back, Johnson fits the Tigers scheme perfectly.

He has great size at 6'3'', 190 pounds and that's a must at LSU. According to the above quotes in Weathers' report, LSU would want to play him as a nickel corner in year one and move him to safety. He may have to compete with 2014 5-star safety recruits Edward Paris and Devin Voorhies, but there's still plenty of time for things to shake up.

He has the size to be a dominant nickelback, and he's ranked and projects as a safety. He could carve his own path at Louisville, but at LSU he could have the chance to follow in the footsteps of great defensive backs that have come through the program before him and continued on into the NFL: Morris Claiborne, Patrick Peterson and LaRon Landry to name a few.

Throw in the fact that Les Miles' program is known for great defense and the Tigers should be a perennial contender in the SEC and nationally, and there's not much to dislike about LSU if you're a top-notch safety recruit.

Johnson may be committed to Louisville, but the LSU Tigers are in a great position to get a flip.

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