When Lonnie Johnson committed to Ohio State in May, the Gary (Ind.) wide receiver touted the support and understanding of the Buckeye coaching staff as the primary reason he pledged to the Buckeyes over Missouri, Purdue, Kentucky and others.
Today, as he makes the choice to reopen his recruitment, it's the same understanding from Ohio State that helped him feel comfortable as he made a difficult choice. Johnson, who was the eighth commitment of the "Dream '14," and ironically the recruit responsible for the moniker, told Eleven Warriors it's just a matter of making sure the choice he made was the best for him and for his family in the long haul.
Few high school football players have gone through the challenges that Johnson has faced over the last year. Rumors about academic issues had followed him since he received the offer from Ohio State last year, prompting many to question whether or not he'd even qualify at Ohio State; an unreasonable worry according to Johnson himself. He's faced nagging leg injuries that kept him from competing on the camp circuit this past spring and summer and dealt with the loss of not one but two very close friends to senseless Gary violence this summer.
He will be taking college visits to Western Michigan, South Florida and Cincinnati in the upcoming weeks and has also picked up a recent scholarship offer from Akron.
Ive officially decommitted from Osu sorry fans but it happened
— the real lonnie J (@Lonnie30johnson) November 12, 2013