Ohio State Football Recruiting: Trey Johnson Gives Huge Boost to Dominant Class

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJanuary 5, 2013

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Trey Johnson finally gave Urban Meyer that elusive commitment from an elite linebacker that he needed on Friday.

LB Trey Johnson, a PSU target, ends up picking Ohio State ... which was pretty much expected.

— Josh Moyer (@ESPNJoshMoyer) January 4, 2013

According to 247Sports.com Composite ratings, Johnson is No. 3 among inside linebackers, No. 12 in the state of Georgia and No. 120 player in the country. But his commitment means so much more than that.

Ohio State desperately needed a linebacker, and Johnson answered the call. At 6'1" and 205 pounds, he is one of the quickest linebackers in the country, and is among the best pursuers as well.

Ohio State lucked out when it landed Johnson. Florida, USC, Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Louisville, Miami (FL), Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina and Tennessee had all offered Johnson scholarships, but he chose the Buckeyes above all others.

Johnson certainly feels that he was the lucky one, however, as Ohio State seemed like the perfect fit for him (per ESPN).

When I took a visit up there it was different. I kind of like the feel up there, the depth chart. And there are many factors that make it a good fit there.

The former Auburn commit adds a considerable amount of talent to Ohio State's already stacked class, which includes 20 players. Of those 20, six are part of the Rivals Top 100 and 12 in the Rivals Top 250.

The Class of 2013 has been kind to Meyer and the Buckeyes. The team will return a ton of talent, so not many recruits will be needed right away, but there are many who will become starters in a few years.

Ranked fourth in the country by 247 Sports, the team's 2013 class is going to have a major impact in Meyer's rebuilding process. He is finally getting the recruits that he wants, and once everything falls into place, he will be able to play his game with the Buckeyes.

While DE Joey Bosa is the best recruit in the class (he's also the only 5-star recruit according to 247 Sports), Johnson may be the most important, as he addressed the team's biggest need.