Ohio State Football Recruiting: What Landing LB Trey Johnson Means for Buckeyes

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2013

Credit: 247Sports.com
Credit: 247Sports.com

The Ohio State Buckeyes dominated on the field all season long in Urban Meyer's first year in Columbus, running the table to finish 12-0 and undefeated for the first time since 2002. The Buckeyes have now continued to dominate off the field, landing a plethora of top recruits for next season, none more valuable than 4-star inside linebacker Trey Johnson.

Johnson recently committed to Ohio State, according to 247Sports.com's Bill Kurelic, passing up offers from other big-time college football schools like Florida, Penn State and Tennessee. 

Now that Johnson has made up his mind and is prepared to play under co-defensive coordinators Luke Fickell and Everett Withers as a Buckeye, it's time to look ahead to see what the 6'2", 220-pound defender has in store for Ohio State fans in the coming years. 

What will immediately strike fans the first time they see Johnson is his size and speed.

He isn't a monster in terms of height or weight, but he is super athletic and a very instinctual player who has a real knack for the position.

Johnson isn't going to alter the game right away as a freshman. He has to catch up in the weight room and has a lot to learn about the college game first. However, he's still a sure tackler, and he'll certainly be on pace to fulfill his potential so long as he bulks up and continues to study the game off the field in his first year in Columbus. 

As for the two years from and beyond, Johnson's commitment is phenomenal news for the Buckeyes. This defense wasn't terrible in 2012, but hardly championship caliber. Fans should expect Johnson to develop into an every-down inside linebacker, ultimately providing a much-needed boost to a defense that only ranked 34th and 31st in total defense and scoring defense respectively this past season.

With Meyer set to bring in more and more talented defenders in the years to come, lining them up around Johnson in the middle of Ohio State's defense, the sky will soon be the limit for the Big Ten powerhouse. 


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