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Johnson Says He's a Buckeye

Most Mother's Day gifts consist of flowers, gift cards to their favorite store, etc...

Gary (Ind.) West Side four-star athlete Lonnie Johnson had a different idea for his mom.

Johnson's Mother's Day present, a verbal commitment to Ohio State.

"It's real special," Johnson said. "My mom means the world to me."

Ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 29 safety, Johnson committed to the Buckeyes over offers from the likes of Kentucky, Purdue, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Nebraska.

Johnson plans on beginning his college career as a receiver. Last fall, he caught 31 passes for 777 yards and 13 touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, he added 29 tackles, six interceptions and eight pass breakups.

Also a standout on the track, Johnson has a season personal best of 24-feet, 5-inches in the long jump.

“I think with what we ask him to do, he does a little bit of everything,” West Side coach Jason Johnson said. He is also Lonnie’s uncle. “He plays wildcat quarterback. He’s our tailback when we dot the eye. He plays out wide. We have him play some d-end. He’s more of an all-around football player for us. He’s a football player. He can play corner, he can come in the alley and play strong safety. On the high school level there isn’t anything he can’t do. He could probably play tackle if we needed him to.”

Johnson becomes the seventh four-star commit for Ohio State in the class-of-2014 and the eighth pledge overall.

"My parents fell in love with the school," Johnson said. He visited the Columbus campus over Thanksgiving weekend for the Michigan game and attended the Buckeyes spring game in Cincinnati last month. "They won my parents over and showed me support more than any other school did. That made me think about them a lot.

"Ohio State is my new home after high school."

Stay tuned to Bucknuts/247Sports for more on this developing story.

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