May 28, 2008

Six offers for Louisiana wideout

Ricky Johnson out of Lafayette (La.) Carencro is being recruited by colleges as a wide receiver prospect with a lot of athleticism. He has so much athleticism that one position can't come close to holding him in high school, neither does one sport.

As a junior, Johnson had over 1,000 yards rushing, almost 300 yards passing and just under 300 yards receiving.

"They move me around a lot," Johnson said. "I don't really have one definite spot. Whatever play is designed for, I just move to that position. It's kind of fun."

The versatility isn't limited to the football field. Johnson also scored 19 points per game for his basketball team and in track he ran a 10.7 100 meters, 21.6 200 meters and long jumped 23 feet 2 inches. Colleges have taken notice as Johnson currently holds six offers.

"I've got six [offers] so far," he said. "Arkansas, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Tulsa, Tulane and Southern Miss. Arkansas and Southern Miss just came in at the end of the Spring. They came in together.

"Georgia Tech stands out a little bit because they may let me do both football and basketball."

Though Johnson hasn't made a point to play basketball in college, he is entertaining the option.

"I've always been doing both since middle school and I just really though I'd go with football because I'm better in it," he said.

Among the other schools that have shown Johnson interest are LSU, Texas A&M, Northwestern and Tennessee.

"They came by practice and stuff. They're telling me they like what they see and they're going to keep looking and offers my come down the line in a little bit."

Like many Louisiana natives, Johnson grew up cheering for LSU. However, even if an offer were to come, Johnson would think long and hard about whether it was right for him.

"I like LSU but they got a lot of depth so I don't really know," he said. "I'm pretty wide open. There aren't really any schools that I would commit to right away if they offered. I would have to think about it."

Over the summer, Johnson hopes to prove himself to the LSU coaches at LSU's July camp.

"That's why I need to go to the LSU camp because they want to see me at wide receiver," he said. "That's why they haven't offered."



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