Ohio State struck on Christmas Day by picking up their first commitment for the 2014 class in Marcelys Jones, and now they strike on Mothers Day with the addition of Gary (IN) West Side wide receiver Lonnie Johnson.
Johnson has visited the Ohio State campus numerous times, most recently being for the spring game in Cincinnati. The Buckeyes have been at the top throughout the recruitment of Johnson, and as a gift to his mother, he ends his recruitment by issuing his verbal commitment.
“I love my mother and we just have a strong bond and I wanted to do something special for her,” said Johnson. “She is proud of all my accomplishments and this is a great way to re-pay her for everything that she has done for me. We talked it over and knew Ohio State was the right school for me. This is a special day for me and my family.”
Johnson had additional offers from Kentucky, Purdue, Cincinnati, Indiana, Illinois and others. He told Scout that the Buckeyes were always his dream school and that dream is now a reality.
“I’ve always loved Ohio State and that’s where I’ve always wanted to play,” he explained. “They offer a great education and can help me accomplish all my goals. I can get a good degree there. I want to win championships, make it to the league, and major in communication and they can give that all to me.”
Johnson did not choose to pledge to play for Urban Meyer’s team just because it was a dream, though. The Ohio State coaches had a huge impact on his final decision.
“Coach (Mike) Vrabel is my guy,” Johnson stated. “Ohio State coaches just did a terrific job recruiting me, more than any other school. They were always there for me, picked me up when I was down, and always supported me. I can lean on them.”
The newest Buckeye commit will be on campus very soon.
“I will be back at Ohio State on June 2nd,” Johnson noted. “I can’t wait to get back there next time as a commit.”
The Gary, Indiana standout joins seven other prospects in the class of 2014 to commit to Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ staff has recruited Johnson to be an outside wide receiver. At 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, he should have no problem in that role.