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Oh, Hello: Ohio DB Anthony Johnson Commits to Penn State

James Franklin picks up a big defensive back on the verge of National Signing Day.


Anthony Johnson, ladies and gentlemen!


Home/HS: Euclid, OH/Euclid

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 185 lbs.

Recruited By: Terry Smith

Starz 'n Sheetz:

Stars: 3* 247, Rivals, 2* Scout

Offer Sheet: Akron, Buffalo, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kent State, Kentucky, UMass, Miami (OH), Ohio, Toledo


The Tale:

Hey, Penn State got another defensive player today! A few hours after defensive tackle Tyrell Chavis announced his commitment to Penn State, three-star defensive back Anthony Johnson decided that he'd also head to Happy Valley. Johnson's recruitment has been a fun one, as he didn't really appear to be on the Nittany Lions' radar until recently and didn't even get an offer until tonight.

Johnson took an official visit to State College over the weekend, and according to Steve Wiltfong of 247 Sports, that was all it took for him to know where he wanted to go to school:

"When I went down to Happy Valley, I fell in love with it immediately," Johnson said. "From the stadium, to the coaches, to the teammates I'll be playing with now, I just fell in love with it."

"It was great. It felt right as soon as I did it. There were no other option."

Tonight, Franklin and Terry Smith extended an offer. Without hesitation, Johnson accepted, and Penn State pulled in its second corner in the class of 2016.


It seems like a lock that Johnson will redshirt, as he has a really big frame – 6'3" cornerbacks can be special if they're not stiff athletes, and by all accounts, Johnson is far more smooth than anyone his size has any business being. It also helps that Penn State has more than enough bodies at cornerback between guys currently on the roster and four-star commit Zech McPhearson, who is the only other defensive back in this class. And before you ask: no, we have no idea what Johnson's commitment means with regards to Lavert Hill's college announcement on Wednesday.

Basically, don't expect to see Johnson until 2017 at the earliest, but he has a fair amount of upside, which is probably the smartest thing to look for in a recruit who is ranked towards the bottom of a class. Speaking of the class, Johnson's commitment bumps it up to 20 members, giving Penn State the No. 3 class in the Big Ten and the No. 12 class in America.

If you'd like to follow Johnson on Twitter, you can do that right here: @_Tj17.

Welcome to Penn State, Anthony!