Avery Johnson has a prediction for Monday’s national championship contest.
LSU 17, Alabama 14.
It’s no surprise that the Pompano Beach Ely star receiver is backing the Tigers. After all, he’s been committed to LSU since September.
That’s September of 2010.
With that level of dedication comes serious pride.
So when one of the five Alabama pledges competing in the Under Armour All-America Game partakes in smack talk for the title game, Johnson (6-3, 180) has no choice but to defend his Tigers.
“All day, all day,” Johnson said of the banter between the Alabama commitments and four LSU pledges.
He’s dubbed Alabama linebacker commit Reggie Ragland as the main instigator when it comes to the playful back-and-forth. Johnson said the teasing has been fun, but he’s anxious to be proven right on Monday.
“I can’t wait until that football game,” Johnson said. “It’s going to be a hard-fought game, but I think there’s going to be a little more points scored than last time. I think the Tigers will come out on top.”
Johnson has been an ardent LSU supporter for years now. He wasn’t born on the bayou, but family ties to the Tigers helped form a strong allegiance to the program.
His brother, Arizona Cardinals cornerback rookie sensation Patrick Peterson, went to LSU and it’s a large reason why Johnson has been committed to the Tigers for more than a year.
“He didn’t tell me to go there, but he had something to do with it,” Johnson said of his brother.
While Johnson is a fairly solid LSU commit, there is one SEC school that wasn’t anywhere near a national-champion level this season that has managed to pique his interest: Florida.
The Gators might sneakily work their way into the conversation for the highly-touted LSU commit, although Johnson isn’t completely sold on taking a January visit to Gainesville.
“I might visit Florida, I might. It’s a 50-50 chance,” he said.
But before he decides on any visits, Johnson will concentrate on promoting the Tigers and trash talk any ‘Bama commit who thinks their team will top LSU in the rematch.
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