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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 5/13 - Lonnie Johnson commits, weekend recap

Ohio State's class of 2014 grew to eight total commitments when '14 ATH Lonnie Johnson gave his verbal pledge to the Buckeyes Sunday night.

'16 OL Erik Swenson received an offer from Ohio State this weekend, upping his total to three.
'16 OL Erik Swenson received an offer from Ohio State this weekend, upping his total to three.


With the addition of '14 WR/S Lonnie Johnson into the class of 2014, the weekend can already be considered a success for Ohio State recruiting. In case you somehow missed it, be sure to check out the commitment piece hereand then get into the mind of Johnson with Land-Grant Holy Land's interview of the prospect here. Johnson is rated as a 3-star recruit, but has a whole lot of upside for his college career. While he's able to play both safety and wide receiver, the Buckeyes recruited Johnson as a receiver, which could be because of his 6'3", 190-pound frame. Johnson makes a perfect target for an already dangerous receiving core.

Also mentioned in our interview yesterday was the fact that Johnson was going to try and key in on recruiting other top prospects to come to Ohio State but mentioned one name in particular that I found interesting:

Do you plan on helping recruit any other 2014 guys thinking about going to Ohio State?

Oh yeah, as much as I possibly can. I don't know if Marshon Lattimore is committed to Ohio State yet, but I'm definitely going to be recruiting him.

'14 ATH Marshon Lattimore might be one of the most athletic players in the country for the class of 2014, and is certainly a recruit that Ohio State has been dying to get their hands on. It will be interesting to see how Johnson can help out the Buckeyes in recruiting Lattimore.

It wasn't very long ago that '14 OL Demetrius Knox was a hard commit to the Texas Longhorns, along with his best friend '14 FB Daniel Gresham. Knox had previously made it known that the two would most likely be going to the same college and while Ohio State was right there in the thick of his recruitment, Knox and Gresham both pulled the trigger to become Longhorns. Since then, Knox has decommitted, but Gresham had stayed true to his verbal pledge, at least, until now. It's interesting now, because it appears Knox and Gresham aren't really planning to attend the same college after all, as Gresham's favorites include Ole Miss and Miami. Knox, meanwhile, still has Florida State, Ohio State, Texas and UCLA among his top contenders. We'll have to see where Knox falls over the course of his recruitment.

The Buckeyes offered '16 OL Erik Swenson Friday afternoon, giving Swenson his third offer to date. The 6'7", 285-pound offensive tackle holds offers from Illinois, Notre Dame and Ohio State and is hearing from Michigan, Florida State, Iowa, Nebraska and a few others. Swenson is also a part of the Core 6 Athletes group, which has a couple of Ohio State recruits in. That can only lead to more recruiting by the players, which helps the Buckeyes in the long run.

In a little bit of basketball news, Tulane transfer Josh Davis has options of visiting schools, and has decided to give Ohio State a fair shot at recruiting the 6'8", 210-pound power forward. As you can see above, Davis will most likely be taking official visits to San Diego State, Gonzaga and Ohio State. We'll be sure to follow the latest news on Davis' decision.