The last time LSU sophomore quarterback Max Johnson got the opportunity to throw passes to his younger brother Jake, a tight end, it was in the 2019 Georgia Class 3A state championship game when Oconee City High finished as the state runner-up.
That duo connected on 60 pass completions that season for 787 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Three years later the brothers will be united when Jake – the nation’s top-rated tight end in the Class of 2022 – committed Thursday to the Tigers.
“I am really pumped about it and I know LSU is the right spot for me,” Johnson told 247Sports.com. “I believe the offense really fits me the best, and I think I can have great success for LSU. Playing with my brother will be a fun experience, but I really think it’s going to benefit me in that offense. I would be prioritized as a tight end.”
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Johnson, a four-star prospect, joins LSU’s third-ranked recruiting class according to 247Sports. The Tigers have a total of 12 commitments and first from a tight end, a position where they program is currently lacking depth.
Johnson is the nation’s No. 78 overall prospect and the seventh-rated player in his home state. He also received offers from Alabama, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, Michigan, Florida State, Texas and Virginia Tech.
Oconee City went 13-2 in the final season Max and Jake teamed together. They were 12-1 this past season and made another appearance in the Class 3A state title game where they were the runners-up again.
Johnson caught 37 passes for 387 yards and 14 touchdowns for Oconee City, earning Georgia Region 8-3A Offensive Player of the Year.
“I think it’s a really big advantage having them as quarterbacks, and not just throwing the ball to me all the time but understanding football and running routes and teaching me where I need to be at certain times and in different situations,” Johnson said. “I’ve grown a lot because of that.”