The top-ranked member of Ohio State’s 2020 recruiting class is on the move. But the good news for the Buckeyes is he’s not changing his commitment.
Paris Johnson, a 5-star offensive tackle prospect from Cincinnati will play his senior year at a different high school.
Johnson spent his first three years playing for Xavier High School, but will transfer to Princeton High School before the fall according to a report from 247Sports.
St. Xavier does not allow students to graduate early, and Johnson plans on doing so in order to enroll in college in January 2020.
The move will also allow Johnson to play with two other top Ohio State targets.
Darrion Henry, a 4-star defensive end, and Jaheim Thomas, a 4-star linebacker, also play at Princeton.
Henry, Thomas, and Johnson have made a number of college visits together over the past few months. That’s the three of them (Henry, Johnson, Thomas left-to-right) with Ryan Day in the photo at the top of the article.
They have hinted that they may all play together in college.
All three have offers from Ohio State, but that is also true of several other top programs including Georgia.
Johnson has remained committed to OSU, but still visited a number of other schools since Urban Meyer announced his retirement in December.
If the Buckeyes are able to land Henry and Thomas while keeping Johnson in the class, it would give them three of the top four players in the state for 2020.
It’s reasonable to think that having all three at the same high school this fall might make it more likely that they’ll go to college together as well.
If so, this could be a positive sign in the Buckeyes’ campaign to keep Johnson in the class.