Former LSU receiver Tyron Johnson has KU connection


This is a strange new world for Kansas football.

Former Alabama players are transferring to play for the Jayhawks. Like THE Alabama. Not South Alabama. Not Alabama-Birmingham. The Alabama with Nick Saban and all those national championships.

First, former ’Bama receiver Daylon Charlot announced his intentions to move on to KU. Shortly after, former Crimson Tide offensive lineman Charles Baldwin did the same.

Charlot already has participated in preseason practices at KU and Baldwin is expected to do so soon. While neither Alabama transfer will be able to help Kansas win games until the 2017 season, they join junior receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez (Texas A&M), junior running back Denzell Evans (Arkansas) and senior linebacker Marcquis Roberts (South Carolina) as former players from the mighty SEC who have relocated to KU.

So what are we to make of this? Do we need to pay attention to every single SEC player who decides to move on?

No. But it’s at least an intriguing trend and another reminder that second-year coach David Beaty and his staff are doing the right things in recruiting.

Which brings us to the case of former LSU receiver Tyron Johnson. On Thursday, Johnson announced on Twitter he’s transferring from LSU. What does this have to do with Kansas? Funny you should ask.

FILE — LSU wide receiver Tyron Johnson (3) receives a pass during warm-ups before playing Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl NCAA football game Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in Houston. Johnson announced less than a month before the start of the 2016 season his intentions to transfer. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)

FILE — LSU wide receiver Tyron Johnson (3) receives a pass during warm-ups before playing Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl NCAA football game Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in Houston. Johnson announced less than a month before the start of the 2016 season his intentions to transfer. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)

Johnson, a sophomore who had nine receptions, 150 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers as a freshman, was a five-star receiver at Warren Easton High in New Orleans. If that school sounds familiar to you, it’s because first-year KU running backs coach Tony Hull used to coach there.

So a 6-foot-1 receiver ranked 11th nationally in the Class of 2015 who received scholarship offers from LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon and others is available.

I wonder if Kansas would have any interest in that kind of talented player?

Obviously this doesn’t guarantee anything for KU. Johnson seems to be the type of athlete who could choose to go just about anywhere in the country at this point, even if things didn’t work out for him at LSU.

But given Johnson’s connection with Hull and the way recruits seem to believe in Beaty and his staff, it’s definitely a plot worth watching.


John Fitzgerald 2 years, 7 months ago

My biggest fear with Beaty isn't that he'll fail, it's that he'll succeed too quickly and leave for a better program.

Aaron Paisley 2 years, 7 months ago

Best part about Beaty is that Texas A&M is the only school definitively better than KU in football that Beaty has ties to and it doesn't seem like Sumlin is leaving any time soon.

David Robinett 2 years, 7 months ago

My hope is that Coach Beaty will feel like Coach Snyder, and not want to leave the great thing he built.

Chris DeWeese 2 years, 7 months ago

I assume he's leaving due to not enough playing time. Perhaps he's leaving because the coaches found out he's not quite that good? Still, it is an intriguing thought to get another 5 star recruit.

Kevin Robert Fest 2 years, 7 months ago

If some of the othet LA kids can get ahold of him to give him the 411 on the program + his familiarity with coach Hull wouldn't be out of the relm of possibility. Fingers crossed. With Sims Gonzalez Charlot as our receivers next year (Sims and Gonzalez) this year of course, that's alot of speed. With Willis' big arm and another yr of experience maybe big things are a comin?

Kevin Robert Fest 2 years, 7 months ago

Somehow I don't see Beaty leaving. Hes a Kansas guy, to come here build it up from nothing then see his hard work payoff and then leave l dont see it. Hes not an arrogant person he seems to be truely humble and a Kansas foitball guy through and through. I dont see him having to tell the players hes leaving for something better. Just my thought.

Michael Maris 2 years, 7 months ago

I hope that you're right. I feel like Coach Beaty is a Kansas guy (as well). Afterall, he's now in his 3rd tenure with Jayhawk's football. And, he's now calling the shots (now).

But, I know it will be hard to turn down U. of Texas or aTm (if they come calling with a full loaded Brinks Truck accompanying them as well).

Kansas will HAVE to make him a priority (to keep him). So, that comes down to the Jayhawk $$$$$$$$$$ Power Players (in the end).

Kevin Robert Fest 2 years, 7 months ago

Snyder maybe leaving soon, maybe alot of the Kansas kids hear whats going on in Lawrence and decide to come. When Snyder left the first time the program fell off a cliff forcing him to come back. Definetly will be a change that may have recruits thinking twice and if they hear good things about KU maybe stear a few KUs way.

Michael Lorraine 2 years, 7 months ago

If you are a freshman on the KSU football team your coach will be 80 when you are a senior. At what point do recruits start asking themselves if their coach will be around for their entire college career. Of course a recruit can ask the same question if they're considering playing at KU simply because of the turnover in the last 6 seasons.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 7 months ago

At this point, I'm as worried about someone poaching Coach Hull as I am about them snagging Coach Beaty. He seems to be a recruit magnet. After losing 5 (?) assistants last year, we also need them to be stable for a bunch of years as well as the HC.

Doug Cramer 2 years, 7 months ago

I love don't me wrong here...but he hasn't even won a game yet. I can't believe we're talking about him leaving for better programs already. Lol

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