Tyreke Johnson verbally committed to Ohio State earlier this month, and he made that pledge official this week by signing with the Buckeyes on Wednesday.
Johnson was a bit of a late addition to the class, but he’s a big one.
Tyreke Johnson: Stats, bio
- Height: 6-foot-1
- Weight: 191 pounds
- School: Trinity Christian Academy
- Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
Tyreke Johnson: Recruiting rankings
- Overall ranking: No. 41
- Position ranking: No. 5
- State ranking: No. 7 in Florida
How Tyreke Johnson committed to Ohio State
Johnson took an official visit to Ohio State on Oct. 28, then came back for an unofficial visit later that month.
“I went in open-minded,” his father Earl told Land of 10 in November. “But it definitely exceeded my expectations. It’s a great place with a lot of tradition and a great coaching staff. They’re definitely on their way to national championships.”
Ohio State beat out Penn State, Georgia, Florida State and Clemson, among other schools, for his commitment. Penn State was Ohio State’s biggest competitor for Johnson, but as is common, Urban Meyer won out in the end.
What Ohio State is getting in Tyreke Johnson
Johnson’s commitment might have flown slightly under the radar, but he’s a big-time recruit. At 6-foot-1 he has prototypical size for a cornerback, and has the athleticism to play early in his college career.
Here’s 247Sports’ evaluation:
“His size jumps out right away. Johnson is a long athlete who really looks natural at defensive back. He started playing some varsity football in eighth grade. He has played corner and safety and could project as either on the next level. His frame may lean more toward safety down the road once he fills out, but he can cover and and loves to play on the island. His ball skills are like those of a top wideout. He tracks the ball and picks off passes. Against the run, he is a solid tackler and he doesn’t shy away from contact. Johnson is mature, he plays with confidence and he will likely play very early in his college career.”
His high school highlights are below:
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