Steve Helber / Associated Press
Urban Meyer and Buckeye Nation received good news Thursday night when offended lineman Paris Johnson Jr. pledged to play for the state of Ohio
St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) announced its decision on Twitter:
Johnson ranked as No. 8 recruit in the 2020 class, the second best player in his position, and Ohio's top recruit, according to composite sports rankings . In other words, the horse chestnuts have just landed a potential future star.
Johnson becomes the first 5-star recruit in Meyers recruitment class 2020. The commitment pushes Ohio State's Haul all the way to 4th place in the nation in 247sports composite rankings. Of course, there is still plenty of time to change the ranking – but the team from Columbus has a strong start.
Before moving to Ohio State, he became the 6 & 7; 7 ", 285 pound lineman of the. Englisch: www.mjfriendship.de/en/index.php?op…39&Itemid=32 his choice in schools and in the end he decided to stay close to home.
Before he announced his decision, Johnson told Steve Wiltfong of 247Sport that it was a great sense to have a Buckeye to be:
"I had the opportunity to go to Ohio State and play my state and take the chance to win a national championship O on my jersey is slightly larger. I could have gone to schools like Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and represented their school and their state and their future. But I feel that it is greater for me to represent my own state and to be coached by the best coaches in the country with great players a relationship with. "
It's not uncommon for a recruit to have a change of heart, especially if he does so early in the process, but Johnson predicted there would be no turning back when he announced his decision:
Paris Johnson Jr. @ ParisJohnsonJr
When I pledge myself, I am obliged not to commute or turn around ..
This is great news for Meyer and Co.