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Friday, December 14, 2012
After offer, Johnson mulls commitment

By Brad Bournival

Lonnie Johnson (Gary, Ind./West Side) picked up an offer from Ohio State on Friday. By the end of this weekend, he could become the first person in the Buckeyes’ 2014 recruiting class to give a commitment.

Those were the junior’s words Friday afternoon.

“Actually, I’m thinking about it,” said Johnson, who is being recruited as an athlete. “I’m thinking about going and committing to Ohio State.



“This could happen probably either tomorrow or the next couple of days. That’s what I’m thinking.”

The Buckeyes’ offer joined Bowling Green in that regard, as the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Johnson also has interest from Ball State, Cincinnati, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, LSU, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon and Purdue.

“It means a lot,” Johnson said. “This is a big dream come true right now. I’ve been waiting for Ohio State to offer me since I was 12.”

The junior certainly caught the attention of the Buckeyes after a season in which he caught 31 passes for 777 yards and 13 touchdowns, while adding 29 tackles, eight pass break-ups and six interceptions as a defensive back.

As for the idea that Ohio State offered him, Johnson is still blown away by the fact there is that much attention from the Buckeyes.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet.” Johnson said. “It’s like, ‘Is this really happening?’ The fact they’re that interested in me is unexpected.”