|Tyron Johnson during LSU 2016 spring practice. Image via tigerrag.com.|
Tyron Johnson has announced that he's headed to Oklahoma State. The former LSU wide receiver made his decision public Friday, tweeting out a photo of shiny-headed Oklahoma St. mascot Pistol Pete on Friday.
Pistols firing💥💥💥💥 pic.twitter.com/xjALO89NLn— Tyron Billy-Johnson (@_TBJXIII) August 19, 2016
Johnson told The New Orleans Times-Picayune why he chose to transfer to Oklahoma St. out of multiple schools that expressed interest in signing him.
"Oklahoma State has a lot to offer me," Johnson said. "I really like their staff and their offense is exactly what I was looking for. They were the school I initially thought of when I decided that transferring was the best option for me and I'm glad everything worked out."
Johnson described his decision to leave LSU as not being "an easy decision to leave," but felt he "had to make the move that I thought was best for my future."
He also thanked LSU head coach Les Miles and his former Tiger teammates for his time in Baton Rouge, as well as the people affected by the massive flooding that has hit the state of Louisiana over the past week.
"Of course, I wish things would have worked out, but they didn't and now I have to focus on the rest of my college career. I will miss Coach (Les) Miles and those guys, though. I would like to thank the fans, the coaches, my former teammates and everyone that has been there for me. My heart is with all the people affected by the flood. I hope everything works out for everyone affected."
Johnson had nine receptions for 150 yards with two touchdowns as a freshman at LSU. A desire to play in more open offense was stated by his father as the reason for his transfer.
The NCAA's notorious regulations on college transfers will require Johnson, currently a sophomore, to sit out the 2016 season after he transfers to Oklahoma St.
(via The New Orleans Times-Picayune, HT: College Spun)