June 4, 2013
Johnson expecting championships in the future
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Gary (Ind.) athlete Lonnie Johnson was unable to work out at the recent Nike Camp on the campus of The Ohio State University after a leg injury slowed him down but it did not slow down the Ohio State commit from bonding with his future teammates during and after the camp experience this past weekend.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder committed to Ohio State less than a month ago but the future wide receiver is already feeling at home with his college selection and enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with many of his future teammates in the recruiting class of 2014.
"It was just great and I got to hang around with all of the coaches," Johnson said after the camp. "My experiences here are great and I love this school and I made the right decision and I have all my family here so it was just the right decision."
Johnson admitted that he was happy to get his decision out of the way so he could focus on his senior year of high school and his senior season on the football field. But just because he had committed to Ohio State doesn't mean that schools are done contacting him.
"Schools are still contacting me but I am home," Johnson added. "I am glad that I decided early because I didn't want to go into my senior football season with all that pressure to decide on where I am going to go. I am glad I am part of this organization and Ohio State is where it's at."
Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan State have all remained in contact and have tried to get Johnson to take a visit but the Ohio State commit said that he has no desire to look anywhere else.
"I am here. I am not going anywhere." Johnson said.
With a decision out of the way there is no need for Johnson to visit several school camps and he does plan on returning to Ohio State this summer and if his health will allow it, participate under the watchful eyes of his coaches-to-be.
"I am coming back here on June 9th and if I am healthy I am going to come out here and show what I got but if I am not I will sit out again," Johnson said. "But I am coming here on the 9th for sure and over the summer I am just going to work hard and get ready for my upcoming football season and do what I got to do."
Johnson did have the chance to watch many of his future teammates go through the camp experience and was there to cheer them on. The 3-star athlete has developed strong ties to his fellow pledges and already feels as if he has known them for much longer than the couple of months that he has had to get to know them through the process.
On Dylan Thompson - Defensive End Lombard (Ill.) : "Dylan is probably the silliest one out of all of us. Once we all connect we are going to be awesome and O-State is going to win championships, I am telling you to look out for the next couple of years, next year they are probably going to win a championship too. Once we all get here, I know we are going to win one."
On Damon Webb - Defensive Back Detroit (Mich.) : "Damon is my guy, we have clicked since day one and the day that I committed all of the guys hit me up and Damon and I have been texting back and forth. I got here (Friday) and he got here (Friday) and we were the two guys here and we had a chance to chill, he's my guy."
On Parris Campbell - Athlete Akron (Ohio) : "Parris, he is the newcomer and the youngest out of all of us. I was surprised when his mom told me his age but he is a cool cat and I am going to keep talking with him and everything is going to be great."
Johnson is now playing the role of recruiter and hoping that they can land a top-flight quarterback as well as fellow Core 6 member Jamarco Jones on the offensive line.
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