Gary (Ind.) West Side class of 2014 athlete Lonnie Johnson has seen his stock rise after a strong off-season of camps and combines. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect already has his first offer and receiving interest from a couple new BCS programs.
"Notre Dame is talking to me hard. I did not have a chance to get up there. I haven't looked at their schedule, but I am talking to my uncle about getting me up there to one of their games this fall most likely."
At Notre Dame, Johnson has been in contact with assistant coach Mike Elston. He has not talked to coaches at LSU directly, but they have been inquiring with the two-way athlete's coaches.
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"LSU actually talked to my track coaches and he was telling them about me in football," Johnson said. "Then, the football coach actually contacted my coach and told him that they are going to be looking at me this year. So, I am really looking forward to that."
Bowling Green jumped out with the first offer for Johnson back in June. He plans to visit Bowling Green for a game this fall, and is also looking into trips to Purdue, Indiana, Notre Dame and Michigan. The two in-state Big Ten schools are well aware of Johnson already.
"Purdue told me and my cousin, Jon Vea Johnson, that they are going to be recruiting us and looking at us really hard," Johnson said. "Indiana said they would get back to us."
West Side opened the season with a 55-14 loss in week one. Johnson is playing wide receiver and cornerback this fall and recorded several catches on offense and several tackles on defense in the opener.