Count that as the second time Miami head coach Mark Richt lost to the Tigers this fall. But this was more personal.
Richt is one of Max Johnson’s uncles (the brother of Brad Johnson’s wife, Nikki) and until Wednesday was thought to have the inside track on his nephew’s recruitment, dating back to his verbal offer in February 2016 — a few months before Johnson had even entered Oconee County High School in Watkinsville, Georgia.
However, Johnson announced on Twitter he had chosen to go with the Tigers while gratefully acknowledging Richt for making the first scholarship offer.
The 6-foot-5 Johnson is the third-rated pocket passer in the Class of 2020 and 47th-ranked recruit overall. Johnson also had offers from Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina, among others.
Johnson’s commitment gives LSU two quarterbacks in the 2020 class, including ESPN 300 recruit T.J. Finley of Ponchatoula, Louisiana. The Tigers also have a ESPN 300 quarterback in the 2019 class, Peter Parrish of Phenix City, Alabama.
Meanwhile, Richt and Miami have no quarterback commitments in their 2019 or 2020 classes.
That’s a continuation of a troubling trend, as quarterback play has been an ongoing problem for the Hurricanes this season. Malik Rosier and then N’Kosi Perry have failed to establish themselves as consistent passing threats in Richt’s preferred pro-style offense. In Miami’s season-opening 33-17 loss to LSU, Rosier went 15-of-35 for 259 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.