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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State commit Paris Johnson switching high schools

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Ohio State commit Paris Johnson is leaving Cincinnati St. Xavier. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State commit Paris Johnson switching high schools

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Paris Johnson leaving St. Xavier

Ohio State commit Paris Johnson is transferring from Cincinnati St. Xavier, 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong reported Friday. Johnson will play his senior season at Cincinnati Princeton instead. The move was made so that Johnson could graduate high school in December and enroll early in college. Like many Catholic high schools, St. Xavier does not allow students the option of graduating early.

The switch in schools unites him with two other highly touted recruits, 4-star defensive end Darrion Henry and 4-star linebacker Jaheim Thomas. Ohio State is the current presumptive landing spot for both of those players, though both remain uncommitted at the moment. Johnson is committed to Ohio State but has been taking visits to other schools recently, most notably to Georgia and LSU.

Ohio State pays Mickey Marotti

Mickey Marotti is one of the most valuable pieces on the Ohio State football staff, and the school continues to pay him as such. Marotti received a raise in March to an annual salary of $735,000. The increase puts him as the second-highest strength coach salary in the country behind Iowa’s strength coach Chris Doyle.

Chase Young’s record-breaking chances

Could defensive end Chase Young put together a season dominant enough to break Ohio State’s single-season sacks record? Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward weighed in on that topic in the Question of the Day on Friday:

Chase Young is healthy, stronger and more motivated than ever before in his career. And that total package, along with the potential to play a couple extra games for a team with College Football Playoff capability, is going to put the single-season sack record of 14 well within reach for the junior.

Honestly, if Young hadn’t been forced to deal with a double-dose of ankle injuries while also facing a steady stream of double-team blocks, he might have pushed for that mark a year ago. Despite some of the adversity he faced, Young’s prolific finish to the season with six sacks over the last four games pushed him to 10.5 for the season — already good enough for a top-10 campaign in school history.

Evan Spencer on Garrett Wilson

Garrett Wilson looked like a star in the making when he was flying into the corner of the end zone to bring down his spring-game touchdown, the kind of highlight-reel play that stands out whether it’s a scrimmage or a Big Ten matchup. But it is still important to keep in mind that it was the former, and Wilson still has plenty of room to develop and a lot of the playbook to learn before  Brian Hartline will turn him completely loose in the Zone 6 rotation.

So, what exactly does that performance mean for Wilson? How prominent of a role might he play this season? Where does he fit in with some talented veterans returning for the Buckeyes? Former Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer was back in the Lettermen Row film lab breaking it all down in the latest episode of BuckIQ as Wilson’s early reps were analyzed heading into the summer.

WATCH: Evan Spencer breaks down Garrett Wilson’s talent

Counting down

  • Big Ten Media Days: 75 days
  • Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic (season opener): 119 days
  • Ohio State at Michigan: 210 days

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Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and Landof10.com. He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.