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Lonnie Johnson commits to Ohio State

The versatile Gary, IN athlete joins an already stocked Ohio State recruiting class.

Lonnie Johnson ('I') joins Dylan Thompson (right) as new Buckeyes.
Lonnie Johnson ('I') joins Dylan Thompson (right) as new Buckeyes.

After first being offered by Ohio State formally back on December 14th, it'd been long thought that Gary, Indiana product Lonnie Johnson would love to formally put his name in the hat as having joined Ohio State's 2014 football recruiting class. With Urban Meyer and company ever emphasizing the kind of versatile, high caliber athletes who can fill any number of voids, the Bucks added another to the fold with Johnson committing to Ohio State. Johnson had wanted to commit first back in December, but Meyer recruiting politics and other factors may have led to the delay in the decision becoming official.

Though somewhat the tweener, the 6-3 190 lb athlete is being recruited to be utilized on the offensive side of the ball as a receiver for Tom Herman and Zach Smith. Also, while unlikely, Johnson has the flexibility to join Everett Withers' bunch and play a little safety if the Bucks decide that's where the greater need is. As mentioned prior, Johnson's been favoring the Bucks since his offer, and despite flirting some with the ambitious new staff at the University of Kentucky as well as the likes of Missouri, Purdue, and Indiana, Johnson appears to have landed at his dream school.

The 247Composite rankings have Johnson graded as a 3-star. He checks in as the fifth best player in the state of Indiana from the 2014 class, the 35th best safety (though as mentioned the Buckeyes plan to use him at WR), and the 448th best player overall in the class. Johnson becomes the first receiver (and eighth commit overall) in what might just finish as Urban Meyer's best class to date.

Check out the newest Buckeye in action below: