Avery Johnson’s father says his son will follow in the cleat-steps of his famous older brother, Patrick Peterson, and play for LSU.
First, however, a time out.
Johnson came up short in his final attempt at a qualifying SAT score and will be attending a prep school instead of LSU this fall, Patrick Peterson Sr. said Saturday.
The plan at this point is for Johnson to work on making the required score this fall and enroll at LSU in January, when he would have four years to complete his four years of eligibility.
“He will get it done,” the elder Peterson said. “He’s anxious to be a Tiger soon.”
Peterson said it hasn’t been decided which prep school his son would attend yet, but he would likely be headed somewhere in Georgia or Virginia.
Johnson (6-2, 180) was the first commitment of LSU’s 2012 class, a four-star prospect from Pompano Beach (Fla.) Blanche Ely.
Patrick Peterson – his Arizona Cardinals face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in the Hall of Fame Game – also played there, as does LSU’s most recent 2013 commitment, cornerback/athlete prospect Rashard Robinson (6-2, 161).
Johnson is LSU’s second academic casualty of this recruiting class. Quarterback Jeremy Liggins of Oxford, Miss., will play this fall at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
The Tigers are still waiting on a qualifying grade for Fehoko Fanaika (6-6, 340), a junior college transfer from Sacramento, Calif.