“Josh just got off the phone with coach (Gary) Crowton,” said Josh’s father, Doug Johns. “He told them that he wanted to be at LSU whether it’s for 2009 or 2010. He told them he was willing to take the grayshirt if that’s what it took.”
Johns was being courted by the Tigers and had already picked up offers from UL-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, UL-Monroe and received interest from Tulsa, Alabama and a few others.
As a senior, Johns logged 60 tackles and picked off six passes on his way to earning Class 5A First Team All-State honors.
He was scheduled to take an official visit to UL-Lafayette over the weekend, but that trip doesn’t appear likely.
“It really just came to me always wanting to play at LSU,” Josh said. “It was always my dream and nothing could compare to that.”
Things picked up for Josh, who is a 6-2, 210-pounder with 4.5 speed, over the last few weeks and picked up a head of steam late last week when he made an unofficial visit to LSU.
"I got a chance to meet [defensive backs] coach [Ron] Cooper and [defensive coordinator] coach [John] Chavis last Friday,” Josh said. “We sat down and talked about things, and then they reviewed my film. It was a bit nerve wracking having them watch it right in front of me, but I think it went pretty well. They liked what they saw.”
Although the meeting lasted only a little more than an hour and a half Josh was able to get a feel for both Chavis and Cooper.
"They both seem pretty knowledgeable of the game," added Josh. "They seem like really good coaches, and they are going to turn the defense back around to how it was a few years ago."
Most kids in Baton Rouge dream of suiting up for the Tigers and running out of the tunnel on a Saturday night. In Josh’s case that is something that he has thought of on more than one occasion.
“Me and all my friends ever since we were little would talk about that and I always dreamed about it,” Josh said. “To be able to have that opportunity is something that I can’t even describe.”
Josh admits that the grayshirt status was one that he wasn’t too familiar with, but after he learned more about the exact nature of it he got a better understanding and looked at it in a different light.
“I thought about it and had to ask some questions about it, but sitting out one year could do me some good,” he said. “It also makes me a little more hungry because I want to prove myself.”
Now, that Josh has made a decision he will be keeping a close eye on LSU’s commitment list over the next few weeks. Regardless of what happens though, nothing will dampen his outlook on the future.
“He (Crowton) didn’t tell me exactly what the chances are of me getting a spot in the ’09 class, but he said if a few players they think they’re going to get go somewhere else then I’ll have a spot in this class,” Johns said. “Either way, I’m excited to be a Tiger.”
Les Miles will have his in-home visit with Johns this coming Sunday.