Springfield (Ohio) sophomore LB Antwuan Johnson becomes Michigan's first 2018 commit.

Springfield (Ohio) sophomore LB Antwuan Johnson commits to Michigan.

Antwuan Johnson had been pondering over his decision to become a Wolverine for the past week.

He had just came back home from a spring practice visit to Michigan. He talked to his parents about his visit. He talked to his Springfield (Ohio) high school coaches, too.

He just wanted to make sure his pending decision was the right one.

Well, after a week of deliberation, Johnson announced on Twitter late Monday evening his verbal commitment to Michigan.  In doing so, he is the first verbal commitment to U-M coach Jim Harbaugh's 2018 class. He chose the Wolverines over Kentucky and Louisville among others.

“After the visit for spring practice I kind of made the decision with my parents, my family and coaches -- Michigan I just think is the right fit for me,” Johnson said.

“They are building a great program up there in Ann Arbor. I feel like this year coming up they have a chance to compete for the Big Ten title and probably for a national championship. I just felt like I wanted to be a part of that.”

Only a sophomore, Johnson isn’t planning on doing it alone. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder plans on bringing a few of his “Ohio” boys along for the ride. 

“I just want to take over the leadership role of class of 2018,” Johnson said. “I just want to anchor in a couple players. (Fellow Springfield teammate, 2018 DE) Leonard Taylor, that’s my boy, I’m going to talk to him and see I can convince him to probably commit. Then probably get Jaelen Gill, L'Christian Smith and Jackson Carman, and from there, I will see what’s going on.”

Adding: “I’m going to take over this 2018 class. I feel like if I can help land a couple of these guys with the recruits that coach Harbaugh already has, I think we could possibly compete for the national title.”

But first things first, Johnson has yet to talk to Harbaugh personally about his commitment to U-M. 

“Tomorrow I will shoot him a call after school is over with,” Johnson said of his planned talk with Harbaugh. “I will let him know that I am verbally committed and that he will be the coach that I talk to.”

Johnson plans to be in attendance for Michigan’s annual spring game on April 1.


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