LCA 4-star Ju'Juan Johnson commits to Deion Sanders, Colorado over LSU football, Florida
One the biggest high school football recruiting dominos in Louisiana fell Saturday.
Lafayette Christian quarterback Ju'Juan Johnson, rated the fourth-best player in Louisiana in the 2024 class by the 247Sports Composite, announced his commitment to Deion Sanders and Colorado during a ceremony at LCA.
Projected to play cornerback in college, Johnson's decision to sign with one of the game's best ever at that position makes sense. He'll need some time to develop since he sparsely plays the position for the Knights.
"They were building something that I want to be a part of," Johnson said of picking the Buffs. "Coach Prime, what he's building over there, the coaches he's bringing in. With him, I feel like it's not all about football, it's about becoming a better man. That's what it's about for me, becoming a better man.
"(Sanders) lets people play both sides (offense and defense), that was a deciding factor for me."
Johnson cut his list of schools to three and chose the Buffaloes over LSU and Florida. He held 18 total offers, including from national powers Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, Texas and Penn State.
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The four-star recruit led the Knights back to the state championship game with one of the more remarkable runs in the playoffs and finished the season with 4,140 passing yards, 1,347 rushing yards and 60 total touchdowns.
Johnson led LCA, which moved up to a higher division before the season, to the LHSAA Select Division II state title game, where his team fell 52-48 to rival St. Thomas More inside the Caesar's Superdome. He amassed 585 yards total offense and five touchdowns in the game.
He earned All-Acadiana honors and was named Class 4A Offensive MVP as this past season. He also had a nine-TD performance against district rival Teurlings Catholic in the state semifinals to lead LCA to the state championship game.
"I ain't gonna lie, this decision was kinda tough. Knowing I'm from Louisiana, LSU being right there and Florida also had coach Corey Raymond, somebody that arguably stated DBU at LSU," Johnson said. "It was a tough decision but I came out and chose (Colorado) because it felt like more of a family."
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