Windsor, Ontario (Holy Names High School) tight end Theo Johnson released his top seven late Thursday and night and included Ohio State in his top group. Joining the Buckeyes were Alabama, Michigan, Penn State, Georgia, Iowa, and Miami.
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— Theo Johnson🇨🇦 (@Theo_Johnson85) May 23, 2019
Johnson (6-6 240) is the No. 3 tight end in the 2020 recruiting class per the 247Sports Composite. He is the No. 232 player in the class overall and the No. 1 prospect in Canada.
Johnson visited Ohio State back in the spring, which came a couple of days after competing at The Opening regional in Ohio where he ran a 4.67 40-yard dash and posted a 35.2″ vertical leap.
Penn State is the current Crystal Ball leader will all three projections pointing at the Nittany Lions.
Johnson has an official visit scheduled for Iowa this June. Given the fact that the Hawkeyes just put two tight ends into the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Johnson’s interest in Iowa makes quite a bit of sense. He visited Iowa City back in the spring as well.
Johnson also visited Georgia and Penn State twice this spring.
An All-Canadian selection last season, Johnson plays quite a bit of wide receiver for his Holy Names team and his highlights show him as the recipient of many 50/50 passes from his quarterback. He overmatches defenders, but also has the body control and athleticism to do something after coming down with those jump balls.
Ohio State has had experience with tight ends like Johnson, having made the transition from receiver to tight end last year with 5-star prospect Jeremy Ruckert.
The Buckeyes definitely want to add a tight end in this class as they’ll lose fifth-year senior Rashod Berry after the 2019 season. They will be losing two after the 2020 season.
Ohio State has offered 10 tight ends in the 2020 class. One prospect still waiting for an offer is Buckeye legacy Luke Lachey (Grandview Hts, Columbus, OH), who is the No. 26 tight end in the nation and the No. 749 player in the class. Lachey (6-6 220) holds offers from West Virginia, Michigan State, Iowa State, Cincinnati, and others.