Johnson Commits To Ohio State

The Buckeyes are in need of linebackers and they went across the country to get a good one. Los Angeles' Mark Johnson, ranked as the 10th-best linebacker prospect in the country by, gave a verbal commitment to Ohio State this past weekend during his official visit. We caught up with Johnson to get his reaction on becoming a Buckeye.

Los Angeles Dorsey linebacker Mark Johnson confirmed Monday morning that he has committed to Ohio State.

"Yes sir, I committed on my visit this weekend," Johnson said. "I'm excited about it. This is the best opportunity I could possibly receive."

When he flew out of Los Angeles on Friday, he had a feeling he might commit during the trip to OSU.

"I was kind of planning on doing it during the visit if everything was right," Johnson said. "It was better than I thought it was going to be. I met the coaches and they were very down to earth. I got to see the stadium, the facilities, and Columbus itself was very nice."

Johnson, ranked as the No. 10 linebacker prospect in the country by, also met OSU head coach Jim Tressel for the first time.

"He's a great guy," Johnson said. "Very easy to talk to. Looking forward to playing for him."

Johnson (6-3, 227, 4.55) selected Ohio State over LSU, Oregon and California.

As a senior in 2005, Johnson had 110 tackles and 8.5 sacks. He played at Culver City High School as a junior in 2004, and racked up 138 tackles and five sacks.

During his visit to OSU, Johnson enjoying meeting other Buckeye recruits.

"I hung a lot with A.J. (Jones) the linebacker from Florida," he said.

Johnson becomes the 13th member of OSU's 2006 recruiting class. That number could grow to 16 this week if Colin McCarthy, Walter Dublin and Ray Small join the fold as expected.

Johnson carries a 2.5 GPA and scored a 1350 on the new-version SAT. He can bench 300, squat 500 and has a 37-inch vertical.

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