In the midst of a blizzard which forced the cancellation of many church services and other events in West Michigan, Ronald Johnson went forward with his announcement. Perhaps it was fitting that it was during this winter storm that Johnson would announce he was heading to sunny California.
Grace Temple Apostic Faith Church was the scene. Multiple television crews, radio stations as well as media, friends and family filled the small church. The most important people in Johnson's life spoke: his head coach Tony Annese, both of his parents, his grandmother and close family friend, the honorable judge Gregory Pittman. Finally the man of the hour stepped up to the podium.
"I have strived to be honest and fair through the whole process." Johnson said of his recruitment. "It was been an honor to be recognized as a national level recruit."
The 6-1, 185-lb star receiver and cornerback for Muskegon was recognized as a Parade All-American and honored with a plaque just before he announced his decision. After receiving his distinction, Johnson, with the help of his brother Corey approached a table with five shirts on it. USC, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State all were represented. As Johnson tossed school t-shirts aside, he left only USC and Michigan on the table. After holding up the Michigan t-shirt to his chest, he let that one drop to the ground as well before picking up the maroon and gold top of the Trojans.
"I know not everybody will like my choice," Johnson explained, "but it is the best decision I could make. Please respect it."
Wearing his USC hat and shirt and smiling next to the podium, Johnson watched as the members of Grace Temple prayed for his continued health and excellence on the field. The long and tiring process was finally over for this much ballyhooed recruit. Johnson laughed and joked with friends afterwards, an indicator that a burden was off of his shoulders. He will now concentrate on enjoying the rest of his senior year at Muskegon before making the long trek over to join Pete Carroll and the Trojans at Southern California.
Muskegon's Johnson Commits to USC
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