Euclid (Ohio) defensive back Anthony Johnson took an official visit to Penn State last weekend. He did not leave with an offer, and was told he’d have to sit tight as the Nittany Lions waited for word from a couple of DBs they had been recruiting longer.
The 6-foot-3, 187-pounder was cool with that. And his patience paid off when PSU offered Tuesday evening. Johnson, who held previous offers from Illinois, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Buffalo, to name a few, wasted no time committing, according to Scout.com's Bill Greene.
"Once I got the offer, I had to take it," Johnson told Greene. "I was with my mom when Coach (Terry) Smith called and told me I had the offer. I talked it over with my mom and she loved the idea, so I called Coach (James) Franklin and told him I was committing. This is so great for me and my family, and I feel so happy.
"Coach Franklin was very excited, probably more excited than I was," he added. "He told me to come in and be ready to play, because he doesn't want to redshirt anyone."
Earlier in the day, Johnson talked to Greene about his Penn State visit.
“I took an official to Penn State last weekend and loved it,” Johnson said. “I'm waiting to see if they are going to offer right now. My other favorite school would be Buffalo, but I need to see how things go with Penn State.
“Being there was great, and I loved everything about it,“ he added. “It is a great college town, which I really liked. They see me as a cornerback, possibly a safety. We are still talking every day.”
Greene’s evaluation of Johnson is as follows: Johnson would be a developmental player for Penn State, but he is a legit 6-3 and he can flip his hips and run. He is still very raw as a player, and would probably need a redshirt year, but there's a lot to like with his length and athleticism.