LSU football: 2024 signees who will make the biggest impact as freshmen

LSU's defense was an unmitigated disaster in 2023, so even with Jayden Daniels and Malik Nabers off to the NFL, Brian Kelly needs to fix the defense first if LSU is going to compete in the SEC with Alabama, Georgia, and Texas.

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CB. Lafayette, LA. player. 529. LSU recruits Johnson. . . 4-star. Ju'Juan Johnson. Ju'Juan Johnson

Safety isn’t the only position in the secondary where the Tigers need reinforcements. Remember when I said LSU was 104th in passing defense? 

The Tigers need lockdown cornerbacks and despite being a bit undersized at 5-foot-11 188 pounds, Johnson has the potential to turn into one. Johnson was a ridiculously athletic dual-threat QB in high school, but now he’ll have time to dedicate himself fully to playing defensive back. 

Sage Ryan was arguably the Tigers' best player in coverage this season and he entered the transfer portal after the season, so Zy Alexander is the returning cornerback with the most snaps, but he also allowed 15.3 yards per reception in coverage and gave up 29 catches. 

As the highest-rated cornerback in this class, Johnson will be forced into action whether he’s ready or not, hopefully the impact he makes is a positive one.