LSU wide receiver recruit Avery Johnson is now academically cleared to play, according to his father, Patrick Peterson Sr., and plans to enroll in January.
Johnson, younger brother of former LSU All-American Patrick Peterson, signed with LSU in February but was academically ineligible. He is playing this season at Hargrave (Va.)MilitaryAcademy.
Because LSU ended up signing only 21 players in February, four below the number allowed by the SEC, Johnson could count back toward the 2012 class instead of being counted in the Class of 2013.
Several other early enrollees could also be back counters, including junior college transfer wide receiver Quantavius Leslie, junior college tight end Logan Stokes, quarterbacks Hayden Rettig and Anthony Jennings, offensive tackle Ethan Pocic and defensive end Christian LaCouture.
If four players count back to the 2012 class, LSU could be free to bring in as many as 29 newcomers in 2013 and still comply with the SEC rule.
LSU has also maintained contact with junior college prospect Fehoko Faniaka, a defensive lineman who also signed with the Tigers in February but was also academically ineligible.