Jake Johnson is a four-star tight end prospect and played for Oconee County High School in Bogart, Georgia. To no surprise, some of the nation’s top college football programs were after him.
TE Jake Johnson Flips From LSU to Texas A&M
Tight end Jake Johnson announced on Twitter that he was headed to Baton Rouge to play for LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron in April 2021.
He received offers from Alabama, Clemson, East Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia Tech before committing to LSU.
The LSU Tigers had the advantage over all of these schools for one big reason: the team signed Jake’s brother, quarterback Max Johnson, in 2020.
Max started at quarterback for the Tigers in 2021, but with Orgeron’s departure some transfers were bound to happen. The same day his signal caller brother announced he was entering the transfer portal, which was only a week removed from former Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly being named Orgeron’s successor, Jake rescinded his LSU pledge and reopened his commitment.
In College Station, Texas A&M Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher saw a prime opportunity to pounce on the top tight end in the 2022 recruiting class. His persuasion worked like a charm, and on early signing day, the former LSU commit announced he would instead be an Aggie.
The newest Texas A&M signee joins a star-studded recruiting class that includes four-star tight ends Donovan Green and Theodor Melin Ohrstrom in addition to four-star defensive lineman Anthony Lucas, five-star Walter Nolen and four-star offensive lineman Kam Dewberry.
Jimbo Fisher has cleaned up during the 2022 recruiting cycle and sports the best class in the 247Sports team rankings.
TE Jake Johnson Highlights
At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds already, Jake Johnson has the size and speed to succeed in the NCAA. He looked great at preseason showcase tournaments, and that has translated to his on-field results.
In his high school career, he has hauled in 33 touchdowns. He also gets reps as a linebacker on defense, but his future is at tight end.
247Sports currently tabs him as the top tight end in the entire 2022 class. He has shown an ability to be his team’s primary offensive target, but at Texas A&M, that pressure won’t be nearly as evident as it is for his high school team.
Jake Johnson has football in his blood. Tight ends are few and far between in high school football, and if he can make good on his potential, the NFL Draft may be a realistic expectation for him.
Being able to catch passes from his brother would be heartwarming if Max decides to move from Louisiana to Texas as well. Although the starting job presumably belongs to Haynes King at the moment, the Johnson connection could create a huge passing threat for the SEC West program.