Lonnie Johnson wanted to do something special for his mother earlier this week, so the wide receiver committed to Ohio State’s 2014 recruiting class, becoming its eighth member.
“My mom means a lot to me, today was Mother’s Day, so I decided to give her this gift,” Johnson, of Gary (West Side), Ind., told the Columbus Dispatch. “And she said ‘Thank you,’ and gave me a big hug. It was great.”
Bucknuts veteran recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic said the 6-foot-3, 190 pound Johnson could play on either side of the ball.
“He’s got outstanding athletic ability,” Kurelic said. “On top of that, OSU is looking for a couple of big safeties for this class, and he is outstanding on that side of the ball as well.”
The previous seven recruits are Marcelys Jones, guard; Parris Campbell (St. Vincent-St. Mary), wide reciever; Kyle Trout, offensive tackle; Damon Webb, cornerback; Kyle Berger, linebacker; Sam Hubbard, athlete; Dylan Thompson, defensive end.
Buckeyes’ 2014 schedule
The Big Ten released its football schedule for 2014 on Thursday. Ohio State will play host to Kent State and Michigan. It also will be the first season that Rutgers and Maryland are in the Big Ten.
As part of the new alignment, the Buckeyes, who will be in the East Division, will not play Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Purdue and Northwestern.
Here is the 2014 OSU schedule: Aug. 30, vs. Navy (at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium); Sept. 13, Kent State; Sept. 20, Virginia Tech; Sept. 27, Cincinnati; Oct. 4, at Maryland; Oct. 18, Rutgers; Oct. 25, at Penn State; Nov. 1, Illinois; Nov. 8, at Michigan State; Nov. 15, at Minnesota; Nov. 22, Indiana; Nov. 29, Michigan.
Junior Corey Conners shot a 5-under-par 67 to lead Kent State to a fourth-place finish after the first round of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional at the University of Arkansas’ Blessings Golf Course on Thursday.
The No. 22-ranked Golden Flashes shot an even-par 288 as a team, the fourth-lowest NCAA Regional opening round score in school history.
Conners is currently tied for second and junior Taylor Pendrith is tied for ninth after shooting a 1-under-par 71. Senior Kevin Miller and junior Kyle Kmiecik are tied for 39th and Sophomore Nick Scott is tied for 58th.
• University of Akron junior Charlie Bull is tied for 46th place after the first round of the NCAA Columbus Regional on Thursday at the Scarlet Course in Columbus. Bull shot a 5-over-par 76 and had six bogeys and one birdie in the round. The second round begins today at 8 a.m. with Bull teeing off at 10:10 a.m.