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Sunday, May 12, 2013
Buckeyes pick up proven recruiter/player

By Brad Bournival

Every school needs a leader in its recruiting class. Not one that stands out while on the field -- virtually every athlete does that at a BCS program -- but one that will take the lead when it comes to spreading the good word about the university.

Lonnie Johnson (Gary, Ind./West Side) could be that pledge for the Buckeyes in the class of 2014.

Lonnie Johnson
Lonnie Johnson took his time committing, but he says he'll waste no time recruiting others to join him.
The eighth pledge in the class, Johnson became hooked after talking to 2013 ESPN 150 cornerback Cam Burrows. The offer for Johnson came from the Buckeyes in December. He bided his time and is now committed.

There’s no doubt he'll join Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech), who created 2014bucks.com to recruit for the Class of 2014, as a major speaker for future commitments.

“Now that I committed, I'm going to talk to all my teammates in the Core6 family and let them know what Ohio State has to offer and how we're going to win championships there.”

The fact programs like LSU, Notre Dame and Oregon had early interest and he didn't give the trio a chance to offer shows just how much he believes in the Buckeyes.

In calling his Ohio State commitment a dream come true, it would only sound right that Johnson could continue to reel in pledges much like Shane Morris (Warren, Mich./De La Salle) did for Michigan in the 2013 class.

The other thing Johnson brings is speed, and lots of it. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer likes his wide receivers fast, and the 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior certainly fits the bill. His 40-yard dash has been clocked in the 4.4s.

That alone makes Johnson a perfect fit for Urban Meyer’s offense, as the two-time national champion likes to put as many athletes on the field as possible and look for mismatches.

Add sure hands and his yards after catch average (25.1), and Johnson is the kind of prospect that very likely is exactly how Ohio State wants to start its 2014 class.

It also slows some momentum from Michigan, which picked up its eighth ESPN 150 junior when former Buckeyes commitment Lawrence Marshall (Southfield, Mich./Southfield) gave his pledge to the Wolverines on Saturday.