LSU lands commitment from nation's top tight end Jake Johnson, brother of QB Max Johnson
BATON ROUGE - Brad Johnson knew his son was torn. Blaze your own trail like your brother before you, or play with your brother.
Jake Johnson, the No. 1 tight end in the nation according to 247Sports from Oconee County High in Watkinsville, Georgia, committed to LSU on Thursday. And he could be catching passes from his older brother Max Johnson, who will be a sophomore in the 2021 season after opening spring practice as the No. 1 quarterback.
Jake Johnson, who is 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, considered offers from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Penn State, South Carolina and Tennessee, among others.
"I am thankful to have my brother, Max, to compete with, and enjoy life with," Johnson said on Twitter. "I am excited to announce that I will be committing to LSU. Geaux Tigers."
Brad Johnson is thankful he can see both sons play at the same time.
Johnson is LSU's 12th known commitment for the class of 2022, which is ranked No. 3 by 247Sports, and he is the first tight end.
The Tigers are thin at tight end as the leading returner, Kole Taylor, caught four passes for 42 yards as a freshman last season.
Arik Gilbert, the No. 1 tight end in the nation out of Marietta, Georgia, in 2020, caught 35 passes for 368 yards and two touchdowns last season, but he left LSU late in the season. He visited LSU recently and is interested in returning, but has not yet made a decision, coach Ed Orgeron said.
LSU signed No. 52 tight end Jalen Snead of Olive Branch, Mississippi, in its class of 2021.
Johnson is the No. 7 overall prospect in Georgia and No. 78 in the nation by 247Sports. Rivals.com has Johnson as the No. 2 tight end in the country, No. 94 overall prospect and No. 10 player in Georgia.