We’re counting down the 15 most important players for the upcoming football season for Oklahoma State. So far we’ve had a kicker and the backup quarterback. Today we look at No. 13, a transfer wide receiver with big expectations.
#13 Tyron Johnson
As if Oklahoma State’s receiving corps for this upcoming season wasn’t amazing enough (Washington, Ateman, McClesky, Lacey, Stoner, and rookie Alexander), they add LSU transfer Tyron Johnson.
Johnson was a 5-star recruit and Under Armour All-American out of New Orleans who picked the Tigers over Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. Despite big expectations, he played in only four games in 2015 catching nine balls for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
This off-season he decided to transfer out of Baton Rouge and to Stillwater.
He came to the Cowboys for a “wide open offense”, which is exactly what he’s going to find. Here’s what he said in an interview with The Times-Picayune about picking OSU.
"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."
Despite the wealth of wide receivers, Johnson is a hugely valuable piece for the Cowboys. We know how good James Washington and Jalen McClesky are and Lacey is a solid piece. Marcell Ateman is great, if he stays healthy. Dillon Stoner was good enough to earn playing time as a true freshman last season before injury.
Johnson has the talent to be OSU’s second best receiver and “the guy” after Washington leaves. Imagine you’re a defensive coordinator looking at Washington, McClesky, Ateman, and Johnson on the field at the same time? You can’t cheat toward one guy or the other, you have to play them all honestly. If Johnson can play up to his expectations, it will make it that much easier for the other receivers to live up to theirs.
We will be releasing the rest of our countdown each day leading up to the Spring Game April 15th. Check back every day to see who makes the list!