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Oh, Hello: 4-Star CB Donovan Johnson Commits To Penn State

No. 17 for 2017 is in, as Michigan cornerback Donovan Johnson commits to Penn State.

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Ladies and gentlemen, Donovan Johnson!


Hometown/High School: Detroit, MI/Cass Technical

Height/Weight: 5-foot-10, 176 pounds

Recruited By: Tim Banks

Starz ‘n Sheetz

Rankings: 4-star on Rivals and Scout; 3-star on 247 and ESPN

Offers: Penn State, Virginia Tech, Arizona, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Louisville, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Tennessee, and Wisconsin


The Tale

Despite playing at one of the premier high schools in the country, Johnson started out the process as an under-the-radar prospect. He shined at camps though, eventually earning an invite to the prestigious The Opening Nike Football camp and US Army All American Bowl.

After not being offered by either of Michigan’s Big Ten schools, Johnson’s recruitment came down to Penn State and Virginia Tech. He officially visited both schools, but chose the Nittany Lions shortly after his official visit.

Johnson joins Georgia’s D.J. Brown as the second cornerback in the class, and the 17th prospect overall. With Johnson now on board, the Nittany Lions await CB Lamont Wade’s decision on December 16.


Johnson’s a really, really good cornerback. Quite honestly, I’m shocked that Michigan State didn’t end up offering him because his only negative is his lack of size. At 5-foot-10, 176 pounds, he’s never going to be the biggest cornerback, but he makes up for it in other ways. He’s a terrific athlete, very quick and fast. Has the instincts that you look for in a defensive player. And despite being smaller, he doesn’t play small, as he’s a willing tackler. Grant Haley would be a solid comparison for him.

Penn State will only lose Jordan Smith at cornerback, so it’s probable that Johnson will be given a redshirt.

Welcome to Happy Valley, Donovan!