Paris Johnson Jr. has been committed to Ohio State since June 28, 2018, but it wasn’t until Monday at Princeton High School’s media day that he hinted at shutting down his recruitment. The five-star offensive tackle told Eleven Warriors once he receives his acceptance letter from The Ohio State University, his recruitment “will be over.”
“It does feel good,” Johnson said about submitting his application on Aug. 1. “Once I get that acceptance, it’s pretty much over at that point. Right now, I can say that I’m staying at Ohio State.”
Johnson has had the Ohio State fanbase on the edge of its seat the entire 2019 calendar year, as he, Ohio State commit Darrion Henry and Cincinnati linebacker commit Jaheim Thomas made several visits to SEC schools.
Johnson told the media at The Opening Finals that he nearly flipped to LSU and also strongly considered Georgia. Early in his recruitment, he wanted to leave the state, so distance was never a factor. But as his recruitment went on, he realized staying in-state would be the best decision for himself.
“Even if I did great things at a program out of state, doing them in state – it just means more,” Johnson said.
It’s nearly guaranteed that Johnson will receive his acceptance letter from Ohio State. He has a 4.0 GPA, is involved in National Honor Society and his mother, Monica, told Eleven Warriors that he is fluent in Mandarin Chinese too.
Johnson is rated as the top offensive tackle in the country and the No. 7 player overall in the 2020 class. Along with No. 1 wide receiver Julian Fleming, Johnson is expected to be one of the cornerstones of the Ryan Day Era.