Columbus Eastmoor's Dionte' Johnson is indeed thrilled to be a Buckeye. The 6-0, 233 pounder (clocked at 4.5 at OSU camp) said that it is what he's always wanted to do.
"I just always wanted to be a Buckeye, and I also want to be an architect, and they'll be opening up a new building just about the time I'll be getting there," he said.
"I've been going to games all year. The offer came (Sunday night). The offer came from Coach Spencer."
After the call came, Dionte' talked to his mom, his uncle, his dad, and his coaches. He said that they all told him that if this is what he wanted to do to go ahead and do it. His father, interestingly, had said all along that it didn't to matter to him where he went as long as he didn't go to Michigan, but it sounded like he was thrilled for his son when the news came.
"I told him I committed, and he tried to keep it under control, but I could tell he was very excited," Dionte' said.
As of last night, Dionte' had not had a chance to talk to Coach Tressel, but Coach Spencer told him that the situation looks good.
"Coach Spencer said with the fullback situation I could challenge for playing time," said Dionte'.
Dionte' has been invited to or has attended games at Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Northwestern, Michigan State, and Bowling Green. He attended camps at Bowling Green, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, and Notre Dame. Bowling Green had already extended an offer.
Dionte' is also a very good wrestler. He went 30-5 last year with 18 pins as he won the city in wrestling. He qualified for districts, and losing to the eventual state runner-up in the districts kept him from going to state.
Eastmoor has a big game this weekend as they play a tough Walnut Ridge team this Friday. The outcome should go a long way in determining what happens with playoff berths.