4-star recruit Lonnie Johnson appears like he could be close to becoming an Ohio State lean, but don't consider him a lock to the Buckeyes just yet.
For all intents and purposes, though, it sure looks like Johnson is strongly considering Ohio State. Brad Bournival of ESPN.com reports the latest:
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Johnson tweeted that he saw everything from Ohio State that he needed to see.
“They showed me a lot,” said Johnson, who picked up an Ohio State offer in December. “I really needed to see if they passed the ball a lot. They showed me that they did, so that made them jump really high on my list. They passed the ball a lot, so that made them a favorite.”
That the Buckeyes are one of his favorites is good news for fans. They appeared to be a leader when they originally offered Johnson, but he saw his recruitment take off as Bowling Green, Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Purdue came calling.
Here's the Tweet from Johnson that Bournival is referencing:
Seen what I needed to see at O State today2013-4-13 22:21:35
The key thing to focus in on here is that Johnson said Ohio State is "a" favorite, not "the" favorite. Bournival mentioned a plethora of other schools that have offered Johnson, including Notre Dame and Nebraska.
With those two schools in the mix, especially Notre Dame, this won't just be a cakewalk recruitment for the Buckeyes. For what it's worth, Ohio State is listed as the leader on Johnson's 247Sports interest list, but Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Purdue and Western Michigan are all listed as "warm interests" as well.
Do I like Urban Meyer's chances of out-recruiting those schools? Of course.
Am I smart enough to realize that nothing—and I do mean nothing—in the world of college football recruiting should ever, ever be considered a given? Of course.
Even the surest things can be shaken, so it's never smart to get too comfortable before that fax is sent in on National Signing Day.
That rule applies even for a school as prestigious as Ohio State, with a coach and recruiter as noteworthy as Meyer. Even the Meyers and Nick Sabans of the recruiting world are susceptible to a disappointment or two.
I guess what I'm trying to say here is: Take the latest news on Johnson with a grain of salt. It should certainly be an encouraging update, but don't jump to conclusions just yet.
Definitely put Johnson on the watch list, and you could even probably consider him a lean amongst your friends.
Calling him a lock though?
That's a statement I'm personally not willing to commit to.