College football

West Side's Johnson commits to Ohio State for football

2013-05-20T18:00:00Z 2013-09-16T19:06:11Z West Side's Johnson commits to Ohio State for footballSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

The courtship lasted awhile, but the date with destiny for West Side wide receiver Lonnie Johnson and Ohio State was confirmed.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound wide receiver verbally committed to play football at Ohio State on Mother's Day.

“This is very exciting for our program,” West Side coach Jason Johnson said. “Lonnie is one of those rare athletes. He's strong, has unbelievable speed. I know Ohio State fell in love with him and gave him an opportunity.”

Buckeyes' coach Urban Meyer is getting a player who rushed for 758 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had 780 yards receiving with another 13 touchdowns.

Ohio State offered Johnson in December. He had a multitude of other high-major D-I offers, but getting an opportunity to play at Ohio State was too big to listen to the other suitors.

Johnson's versatility was seen for the Cougars last season. On defense he played defensive end, linebacker and every defensive back position.

“He's a special player and he's deserving of this,” Jason Johnson said. “We're excited for this upcoming season. We have quite a few more players who are getting strong Division I looks.

“This is an exciting time to be a Cougar.”

Attempts to reach Lonnie Johnson were unsuccessful.

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