Tysheem Johnson is now just days away from making the biggest decision of his young life. The 2021 defensive back is set to commit on Sept. 30, his birthday, a moment he's been looking forward to for weeks so that he can finally get the recruitment process over with.
Because the state of Pennsylvania cancelled the fall season, Johnson is expecting to commit and then enroll in January with the program he chooses.
"I'm real excited, all of the pressure is going to be off my back," Johnson said. "Because I'm enrolling early, I gotta know what school I'm committing to so I know what classes I gotta take."
There are seven teams the Neumann Goretti High School product is considering when he makes his ultimate decision on Sunday; LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama, Texas A&M, Arizona State, Maryland and Stanford. Johnson said those are the seven teams that have been showing the most interest.
In regards to LSU specifically, Johnson said he's mostly talked with safeties coach Bill Busch, who calls to check in on Johnson every once in a while.
"They were trying to get me down for a visit but I was never able to make it down there," Johnson said. "They like that I can play running back or safety because I'm pretty versatile but they want me to play DB."
Coach Ed Orgeron was the one who initially called Johnson to make him the offer, a phone call that was a total surprise to him at the time.
"He was very excited about me," Johnson said. "They just won a national championship so they know what they gotta do to get their players ready for that moment. They would train me and it would be a great experience for me. They'd get me in the best shape of my life."
Johnson says his recruitment has been half and half as some programs want him to play running back while others have him pegged at safety. Four of the programs Johnson is still considering want him on offense while the other three, including LSU, are recruiting him on defense.
He considers himself a versatile safety as he likes to play man to man in the slot and can also be effective in the middle of the field. Over the next several months, until he can officially join his college team, Johnson said he'll be in the workout room five times a week, practicing various conditioning and fundamental drills at his high school to help him prepare.
"I can really use my speed to get from sideline to sideline and have great ball skills," Johnson said. "I started playing safety as a freshman in high school and got trained in my mind but I feel comfortable with both."
Ahead of his big decision, Johnson said he's done his fair share of research into the LSU program, mostly seeing how many draft picks the program consistently puts in the NFL.
"They get a lot of DB's in the first round and have a great program and culture overall," Johnson said.
Before he commits, Johnson has a message for his future team.
"When I come in, I'm going to be a hard worker, I'm a team player, I'm going to lead by example and help us win a championship," Johnson said.