The LSU wide receivers corps just got a little stronger for the 2013 season as four-star 2012 signee Avery Johnson was given the okay by the NCAA Clearinghouse. He will arrive in January with a mindset that he will immediately compete for playing time in the rotation.
Johnson, younger brother of former LSU All American cornerback Patrick Peterson, did not meet the test scores allowing him to enroll for the 2012 campaign. He has spent the current season at Hargrave Military Academy, a common detour for players in his position. He was the number three rated state of Florida recruit by the Miami Herald in last season's recruiting class.
Here are a few more players that you should keep an eye out for in 2013 and beyond.
OT Jerald Hawkins (6'6-300) from West St. Mary hasn't seen the field, spending 2012 as redshirt. He has added about 45 lbs. since his college arrival. Athletically, Hawkins is much like a Josh Dworaczyk. He can run and has a super attitude.
Danielle Hunter (6'5-245) is an impressive freshman specimen. He has displayed flashes in practices this season. He has a long reach and reminds teammates of former LSU DE Kendrick Adams. Experience in small doses this season has helped his development. He displays a desire to be the best and skill to back it up.
Travin Dural. a redshirt this season due to injury, has speed to burn. The Breaux Bridge native runs a 4.48 forty with a 6'3 frame and good reach. He also appears to be a route runner. He will join Avery Johnson in upgrading wideout spots starting this spring.
Debo Jones, the true freshman out of Jesuit (N.O.) has been a dynamo on special teams, many times first to arrive. He has made a cameo appearance or two in defensive sets and gained valuable experience. He has good tackling ability and an advanced approach despite the fact that he just turned 18 years old on Nov. 4, day after the LSU-Alabama game. He has great athleticism and speed (4.5).
Safety Corey Thompson (6'2-190) has tremendous upside. Much like Debo Jones, he has earned his spurs on special teams and represented himself well. The Missouri City, Texas native boasts a 4.5 forty and a 39" vertical. He informed me of his skills on the basketball court and his rim rattling dunks. He has great physicality for either safety spot.
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