Johnson 'Leaning Towards Walking On At OSU'

Youngstown Cardinal Mooney wide receiver Derrell Johnson did not get the scholarship offer he wanted from Ohio State, but it might not stop him from becoming a Buckeye. Johnson will likely have offers from other Division I colleges soon, but right now, he says he is leaning towards walking on at Ohio State.

Derrell Johnson didn't get the scholarship offer he wanted from Ohio State, but he's still determined to be a Buckeye.

"Well, I was recently informed that there was really no place for me at Ohio State at this time; no scholarships available," Johnson said. "My only alternative right now would be to walk-on this summer.

"Right now, I'm leaning towards walking on at Ohio State. I'm going to talk it over with my family first if I'm going to walk on or not. I've been a Buckeye fan my whole life."

Johnson (6-2, 185, 4.5) is ranked as the No. 48 wide receiver nationally by, and the No. 24 overall player in the state by Ohio High.

He played quarterback, wide receiver and safety as a junior at Campbell Memorial, and threw for 1,400 yards, and rushed for 1,400 more.

As a senior at Youngstown Cardinal Mooney in 2005, he broke his leg in the fourth game of the season, but still managed 720 rushing yards, 314 passing yards, and a total of nine touchdowns.

Johnson was an academic question mark throughout the recruiting process, but he says that is a thing of the past.

"A lot of schools are starting to come in contact with me now because my scores and all that have improved dramatically," he said.

When asked if he will be cleared academically by the NCAA, Johnson said: "Yes."

Even with other schools beginning to come after him, Johnson believes there is a good chance he will walk-on at OSU.

"As of right now, yeah, but I'm just going to consult with my parents and talk to some other schools of Ohio State's stature and see where that goes," he said.

When asked if he's considering any schools in particular, other than OSU, Johnson said: "No, not really."

If he does indeed walk-on at Ohio State, he will be determined to earn a scholarship by the end of his first year.

"Yeah, and hopefully even earlier," Johnson said.

Ohio State has not approached Johnson about possibly becoming a "grayshirt."

"No, they haven't," he said. "I understand the term, but they haven't said anything about that."

All it takes is a look on the message boards to see that Buckeye Nation is fully behind Johnson. Many OSU fans have been hoping for months that he ends up at OSU.

"That's a good feeling," Johnson said.

Johnson was asked if he ever checks out the Bucknuts message boards.

"I've seen it a few times and people have told me that there's been a lot of discussion, but I haven't recently looked on there," he said.

Johnson's final decision could come soon, or he could wait it out.

"Maybe in a few days, maybe in a few months," he said.

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