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Buckeyes get better: 5-star OL Paris Johnson Jr. commits to Ohio State

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Paris Johnson Jr. gave Ohio State a 5-star commitment. (Paris Johnson/Twitter)

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Buckeyes get better: 5-star OL Paris Johnson Jr. commits to Ohio State

The foundation of the 2020 Ohio State recruiting class has landed another massive building block thanks to Paris Johnson Jr.

The Buckeyes continued their surging summer momentum by picking up a commitment from one of the nation’s most coveted offensive linemen, a 5-star Cincinnati native. The touted prospect made his pledge public on Thursday night, electing to stay close to home and becoming the third player to commit to Ohio State for a 2020 class that appears to be gaining steam this month.

“[The visits to other programs] did help,” Johnson told Lettermen Row. “But I felt like I always knew in the back of my mind that the Ohio State University was the best program for me.”

The Buckeyes certainly wanted everything to fit perfectly, both because Johnson is an in-state product from St. Xavier and because he’s been evaluated as one of the truly elite blockers in his recruiting class.

According to the 247 composite rankings, Johnson is not only Ohio’s top-ranked player, but he’s No. 8 overall in the country and was attracting attention from every major program from coast to coast. The 6-foot-7, 285-pounder had already picked up 44 scholarship offers, with Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, Stanford and Michigan all on the lengthy list of Power Five schools chasing him.

Paris Johnson Jr. ready to continue tradition

But the chance to stay in the Buckeye State and potentially continue the rich tradition on the offensive line in the Horseshoe was too strong to turn down for Johnson.

“[Coach Urban] Meyer and [offensive line coach Greg] Studrawa are great coaches and leaders,” Johnson said. “I would like to spend the next 4 years learning from them.”

The expectation is that a player with his physical skills and mindset can take that time and become a critical component of the Ohio State offensive line.

That will obviously have to wait a bit for him to actually get on campus. But now the Buckeyes already have two linemen committed for 2020, and along with tackle Jake Wray, both the class and the offensive line have a rock-solid foundation for the future.

Austin Ward

Austin Ward is Lettermen Row's senior writer covering Ohio State football and basketball. The award-winning journalist has covered the Buckeyes since 2012, spending five of those seasons working for ESPN after previous stints at the Casper Star-Tribune and Knoxville News Sentinel.