People who follow Ohio State recruiting closely were not surprised with the decision today. Still, there is reason to celebrate. Trey Johnson, a linebacker prospect from Lawrenceville, Georgia, announced his verbal commitment to The Ohio State University during halftime of the Under Armour All-American Game.
Johnson, the one time Auburn commitment, came on Ohio State’s radar as it became apparent that changes on The Plains would behoove Johnson to re-open his commitment and look elsewhere. He was soon drawn to Ohio State for a variety of reasons. Ohio State, of late, has a good reputation in the Peach State. It started with Jim Tressel, who identified Georgia as a nice pipeline for talent. It is essentially Florida-level talent without all the Florida-level hassle. Further, recruits are kind of drawn to Urban Meyer and his success, charisma, and, hell, machisimo. All signs pointed to Ohio State, which was reaffirmed this evening.
Johnson’s addition is welcome for many reasons. Importantly, Ohio State’s answer to the current linebacker situation hinges on Ohio State adding numbers. With more questions than answers, Ohio State is at least giving itself options. Second, Johnson’s addition to the fold should go nicely with the anticipated addition of Mike Mitchell to this year’s recruiting class. Ohio State could compensate for the losses of Alex Anzalone and Lewis Neal last spring in one fell swoop this weekend.
Trey Johnson is the 20th commitment in this recruiting class, with maybe three or four spots left to fill. Senior film is below the fold.