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West Side's Johnson decommits from Ohio State

2013-11-11T20:31:00Z 2014-06-24T19:31:07Z West Side's Johnson decommits from Ohio StateSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com
November 11, 2013 8:31 pm  • 

One of the top football players in Indiana has decommitted from Ohio State, the No. 3 team in the nation.

West Side's Lonnie Johnson said no to the Buckeyes on Monday.

"I had to go with the best decision for me and my family," said Johnson, whose prep career ended on Friday night when his Cougars lost to E.C. Central 46-44 in the Class 4A Sectional 17 championship game.

Johnson committed to Ohio State on May 12, then Tweeted on Monday night that he was looking at visiting other colleges.

It's been rumored that he would end up at the same school as his cousin, West Side senior JonVea' Johnson.

"It has nothing to do with JonVea'," Lonnie said, "but we could end up at the same school."

In the summer Lonnie was pumped about becoming a Buckeye. A lot of things have changed from then to now.

"I didn't know as much then as I know now about the recruiting world," Lonnie said. "They was bringing in a lot of guys at my position. I'm not afraid of competing with anyone. I'd compete with Ndamukong Suh if I had to.

"My heart wasn't with O State. It was something I had to do."

Cincinnati and Indiana have recruited JonVea' Johnson.

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