Cajuns get commitment from Tennessee recruit Johnson

Tim Buckley
The Daily Advertiser

As Power 5 programs work to woo away some of its commits, UL has picked up a recruiting pledge from a Mississippi linebacker who owns a fresh Power 5 offer of his own.

Ahmad Johnson, a product of Pelahatchie Attendance Center, committed to the Ragin’ Cajuns on Thursday, one day after also receiving an offer from Tennessee, his first from an SEC program.

But Johnson said he ultimately picked UL over a fellow Sun Belt Conference member.

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UL has picked up a recruiting pledge from Mississippi linebacker Ahmad Johnson.

“I just felt like they meant what they said when they told me I was family,” he told The Daily Advertiser.

“It was between UL (and) South Alabama (and) it all came down to one. … I took the best fit for me.”

South Alabama offered Johnson, who is ranked by 247Sports.com as the nation’s No. 83 inside linebacker recruit, back in February.

He also was offered in January by both Indiana of the Big Ten and by FCS-member Austin Peay, whose first-year head coach is former UL head coach Mark Hudspeth.

Last season Johnson received interest from Mississippi State, whose tight ends coach at the time was Hudspeth.

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But he ultimately went with UL, which originally offered in May 2018, a couple weeks after Johnson picked up in his first offer from Southern Mississippi.

“I’m extremely grateful to my family for all the help and support in making this difficult decision,” tweeted Johnson, who thanked “God for all He has done to put me in this position,” his “friends” and “all of the coaches who recruited me.”

At least two UL commits, meanwhile, have been receiving fresh recruiting interest from Power 5 schools.

Kyren Lacy, a receiver from Thibodaux High, visited UL and was offered in April, and committed to the Cajuns in June.

But on Thursday Lacy tweeted that he was “Extremely Blessed” to say he had received an offer from Miami of the ACC.

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He also was offered on Wednesday by Kansas of the Big 12, and now it’s up to the Cajuns to keep him from going with a Power 5 program before the NCAA’s early signing period in December.

Virginia of the ACC offered him in April.

Another UL commit — Caleb Anderson, a cornerback and receiver from East Feliciana High — also has Power 5 interest picking up.

He visited Utah of the Pac-12 last weekend and tweeted that he had an “amazing time in Salt Lake City.”

The Utes offered him in June.

Anderson, who also visited Virginia and was offered by South Alabama in June, made his non-binding pledge to the Cajuns in August. 

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Yet another UL commit, East St. John receiver Dontae Fleming, tweeted that he had picked up an offer from fellow Sun Belt-member Arkansas State in mid-October, a couple days before the Cajuns beat the Red Wolves 37-20 in Jonesboro.

Fleming, who pledged to the Cajuns in June, also tweeted that he was scheduled to visit UL for its Saturday homecoming game against Texas State.

The Cajuns were slated to host multiple recruits over the weekend.

Also receiving a mid-October offer from Arkansas State was Saint Charles Catholic High defensive lineman Mason Narcisse, a Cajuns recruit and current Tulane commit who also has been offered by UL, Louisiana Tech, Central Florida and Colorado.

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