Ohio State Football Recruiting: Buckeyes Land 4-Star WR Lonnie Johnson

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Ohio State Football Recruiting: Buckeyes Land 4-Star WR Lonnie Johnson
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After a surprising lull on the recruiting front, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes finally made some noise Sunday night.

It had been over a month since Kyle Berger, a 4-star linebacker out of Cleveland, committed to the Buckeyes to become the seventh member of Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class.

Meyer found commit number eight (via elevenwarriors.com) in 4-star wide receiver Lonnie Johnson. The 6'3", 190-pound receiver made the announcement via his Twitter account:

Johnson is listed as a safety, receiver and athlete by varying recruiting services, but the rangy prospect will line up as an outside receiver in Ohio State's offense. 

At least, that's what the Buckeyes' coaching staff is planning.

"They told me that I was needed in the Ohio State offense to go out, win games, and win the national championship," Johnson told LandGrantHolyLand.com. "I'll probably play an outside receiver position because of my height."

Johnson's height is what makes him such a dangerous receiver. During his junior season, 13 of Jonhson's 31 receptions went for a touchdown. Not only is he a great option in the red zone, but the Gary, Ind. prospect is also a legitimate deep threat. The 4-star prospect averaged over 25 yards per reception in 2012.

Johnson chose the Buckeyes over offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and many others.

The Buckeyes have already secured a commitment from 4-star wide receiver/running back Parris Campbell, but Meyer is always looking for more game-breaking athletes. Johnson and Campbell could be joined by a couple more receivers when Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class is set in stone.

The Buckeyes are also recruiting 4-star prospects Demarre Kitt, Saeed Blacknall and Trevion Thompson.

Johnson is excited to be a Buckeye, and according to LandGrantHolyLand.com, he plans on helping Ohio State by recruiting other prospects. Johnson specifically mentioned that Ohio State's first commit, Marcelys Jones, recruited him a lot, and he intends to turn his attention toward 4-star cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

That's good news for Ohio State. Johnson officially ended the quiet period Meyer and the Buckeyes were going through Sunday night, and if things go his way, he can help Ohio State make a lot more noise before national signing day.

Watch highlights from Johnson's junior season here:

All recruit rankings per 247sports.com.


David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.

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