Highly touted recruit and Oregon State target Michael Johnson Jr. announced on his Twitter Wednesday afternoon that he will be committing to the Penn State Nittany Lions. The product of Sheldon High School in Eugene had both Penn State and Oregon State in his top five along with Miami, North Carolina State, and Miami.
Johnson had offers from dozens of other FBS schools. 247 Sports ranks him as the top recruit in the state of Oregon, as well as the sixth-ranked dual threat quarterback and the 259th ranked recruit in the nation.
Johnson would have been the twelfth commit in the 2019 class for OSU and would have been the first quarterback. Now, Penn State has two four-star dual-threat quarterbacks in their 2019 class including Ta’Quan Roberson from New Jersey.
Here’s what Johnson told The Oregonian’s Andrew Nemec about Oregon State earlier this summer:
“Coach (Brian) Lindgren, I can’t say enough good things about coach Lindgren. I like him a lot. We’ve had a good relationship for a long time... since he was at Colorado. My dad coached Coach (Jonathan) Smith when he was in college and I was born in Corvallis. That was a big thing. I really like coach Smith is going to turn things around in a couple years and they are going to be a big school to go to in the Pac-12 in a couple of years.”
Hopefully, Johnson’s right about the program getting turned around quickly under Smith. Many Oregon State fans, however, surely believe that turnaround would come faster with a quarterback of Johnson’s stature.