Commentary

UA Game perfect fit for Avery Johnson

Originally Published: November 16, 2011
By Corey Long | ESPN Recruiting Nation

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely wide receiver Avery Johnson was one of the first commitments to the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game.

So when he was finally presented with his official game jersey during the 80-stop American Family Insurance Presents the Under Armour All-America Game selection tour, the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder was relieved about one thing.

"It was a perfect fit," said Johnson, who is No. 82 in the ESPNU 150.

The LSU commit is the brother of Arizona Cardinals standout DB Patrick Peterson, and it was expected he would follow his brother and play in the U.S. Army All-American game. But Johnson wanted something different.

"I had been to the Army game a few years with my brother and for combines so I was ready to have a different experience," Johnson said. "The players in the Under Armour Game looked like they were having so much fun in the game and the practices were real intense. Everything with the game is first class so it was an easy decision."

Johnson has a close bond with his other brother and has watched Peterson go from an All-American at LSU to one of the top young players in the NFL in less than a year.

"It's a credit to his hard work and I think he likes it," Johnson said. "Patrick is real humble so he's not crazy about all the attention, but he's a superstar in Arizona. Everyone loves him."

While Johnson hopes to follow in Peterson's footsteps, he understands that every path is different and just wants to do what he's asked.

"I just want to compete and work hard and listen to the coaches here and the ones I'll have at LSU," Johnson said. "I know there's a lot of pressure on me because I'm his younger brother but I just have to do what I do best and not worry about all that other stuff."

Johnson says he's still good with his commitment to LSU. He took an official to the school in October when the Tigers defeated the Florida Gators, 41-11. He had an official visit planned for Oklahoma a few weeks back but he had to cancel.

"The SAT was that weekend and I wanted to take it again," Johnson said. "I think I'm going to take the visit to Oklahoma when they host Iowa State or right after the season ends. Those are the only two schools I'm looking at."

Johnson had planned on enrolling early at LSU but he will have to take another class after that semester and that will push his enroll date back to the summer.

He plans on wearing No. 1 in the game on Jan. 5 and will have a ton of family and friends at Tropicana Field to see him.

"I am just really excited to see all of these top players, many of whom I know a little," Johnson said. "I just want to have a strong week of practice and I'll have around 100 people in St. Petersburg cheering me on during the game.

"Hopefully I can give them a few memorable moments."

Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at coreyespn@gmail.com.

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