L.A. Linebacker Hopes To Set Up OSU Visit

With three graduating seniors, Ohio State is on the lookout for linebackers in this year's recruiting class. One of the best linebackers remaining on the board is Mark Johnson of Los Angeles Dorsey, and he hopes to set up a visit to Ohio State soon. We spoke with Johnson's father Daryl for an update.

Linebacker Mark Johnson of Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey has shown consistent interest in Ohio State for quite some time. Johnson was recently quoted by Scout.com as saying he narrowed his list of choices to five (Cal, Fresno State, LSU, Ohio State, UCLA).

Recently, Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel was out in California on a recruiting trip but did not visit with Johnson.

"No, coach Tressel did not stop in while he was out here," said Mark's father Daryl. "We didn't hear from him. We are looking forward to an in-home visit."

Daryl Johnson also gave the status of Johnson's recruitment.

"Ohio State is one of Mark's top schools," he said. "He has already visited LSU and will visit Cal. We have not set anything else up with any other schools."

Daryl Johnson hopes to travel with Mark when a visit to Ohio State is set up.

"We are looking to set a visit up with Ohio State," he said. "I would like to come out there with him. My work schedule will determine whether I can come."

Two of the schools on Johnson's list -- LSU and Ohio State -- are long travels from California, but leaving the state does not seem to be an issue with Mark or his father.

"I am not really concerned with distance," Daryl Johnson said. "I want Mark to get the best possible education and the opportunity to play."

Earlier in the week, Mark Johnson gave Scout.com an idea of when he might make a decision.

"I do want to take all five of my trips," he said. "I may announce at the Army Game if I go and I've taken all the trips, but if not, it may be after that anyway."

Johnson unfortunately suffered a dislocated thumb recently and was forced to miss playoff action.

"He was injured in the first round playoff game but everything is coming along fine," Daryl Johnson said. "He will be out of the cast in two weeks."

Johnson had 110 tackles and 8.5 sacks on the season before his injury and has reported a 2.5 GPA and a 1350 SAT (new version).

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