This afternoon, standout wide receiver from Gary, Indiana, Lonnie Johnson, gave Ohio State a solid verbal commitment to join their 2014 class.
The 8th Buckeye committed for 2014, Johnson was ranked a four star recruit by 247Sports and ESPN, while given a three star rating from Rivals and Scout. He was ranked as the number three player in the state of Indiana and the 36th best WR in the ’14 class.
Johnson stands at 6’3, 180 pounds, and while he doesn’t have an official 40-yard dash time to date, Johnson is a speedster. He gives Ohio State something they haven’t seen in quite a while: speed with length on the outside. Since the days of Teddy Ginn Jr., Ohio State has lacked a truly fast wideout with the ability to get down the field. Johnson definitely has deep-threat ability and can certainly offer the Buckeyes a great pair of hands.
Out of West Side High School in Gary, Indiana, Johnson has played running back and safety in high school, but is definitely suited for the wideout position.
While he has been an Ohio State lean for most of his recruitment, Johnson never had the desire to commit. He’s been hounded by academic and personal issues, some of which have lead schools to believe that he may not be worth recruiting.
Johnson said that his academic issues stemmed from other personal issues and he was extremely thankful to have the support of the Ohio State coaching staff through it all. In fact, that seems to be one of the biggest reasons for his commitment. Johnson said it was the faith and support of the coaching staff that helped him to choose Ohio State.
Clearly, there is something special about Johnson’s athletic ability, and if his off the field issues are truly minor, the risks might be well worth the reward.
Welcome, Lonnie Johnson, to Buckeye Nation!