Four-Star Safety Tyreke Johnson Commits to Ohio State

By Andrew Lind on December 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Tyreke Johnson

Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade and four-star safety Tyreke Johnson won four-straight state titles together at Jacksonville’s Trinity Christian. They’ll now look to carry that over to the next level, as Johnson announced his commitment to the Buckeyes this evening. 

“They’re already brothers. They have a great relationship from high school, and Shaun’s given him the buck naked truth on what’s going on,” Johnson’s father, Earl, told Eleven Warriors. “It’s a great place, and he wouldn’t mind having him there as a brother. I think he gets a good vibe from Shaun about the school as a whole.

“I think the biggest thing factor is the quality of the education he can receive there, and lets face it, these kids are student-athletes,” he continued. “The athletic program can better him, make him into a better player and better person. They really want you to see a future for yourself there.”

The Johnson File

  • Class: 2018
  • Size: 6-foot-1, 191 pounds
  • Pos: S
  • School:  Trinity Christian (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★★
  • Composite Rank: 5 (S)

The 6-foot-1, 191-pound Johnson is considered the fifth-best safety and No. 39 prospect overall in the Class of 2018. He picked Ohio State over more than two dozen offers from programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, UCLA and USC.

Johnson has been to Columbus three times, including an unofficial visit with Wade for last season’s win over Nebraska. It was his official visit for the Penn State game this year, though, that changed the tide in his recruitment. Before that, most just assumed he’d stay in the south.

“They really pointed out to Tyreke the business side of the game, and I think that was different and unique,” the elder Johnson said. “We sat down and talked about what Ohio State was about. The brotherhood, the business of the game, how they are exceptional at preparing for the next level. 

“I thought that was pretty unique,” he continued. “It was this is what it is, this is what we offer. It was different. It wasn’t what I expected.”

Johnson becomes the 19th member of Ohio State’s Supreme ‘18 recruiting class, four-star safeties Josh Proctor and Jaiden Woodbey at the position. He’s expected to play cornerback at the next level, however. 

Eleven Warriors will have more on Johnson’s pledge shortly.

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