Just when you thought UK was done for the day, the YAHTZEE dice were brought out for round two. Top JUCO safety Lonnie Johnson just pledged his commitment to Kentucky, choosing the Wildcats over Georgia, West Virginia, and Memphis.
Johnson is considered one of the top two safeties in the JUCO ranks according to 247Sports, and was listed as a four-star prospect out of high school. He committed to Ohio State as a senior, and ended up signing LOI’s with both Iowa State and Western Michigan before taking the JUCO route.
The Garden City CC product will immediately step in and compete for the starting safety spot alongside Mike Edwards, giving the Cats arguably one of the most impressive secondaries in the SEC going into next year. He’s extremely versatile, so the staff may work him out at corner and Nickel before settling on a position for the Indiana native.
Regardless, he’s going to be a playmaker from the get-go.
At 6’3, 195 lbs., Johnson has the size to compete against larger SEC receivers, to go along with impressive ball skills and football IQ to be a game changer for the Wildcats. He made 36 tackles (three for loss), recovered a fumble, and had five interceptions in his 2015 campaign for Garden City.
Watch him work:
Kentucky received a commitment this morning from their top recruiting target in four-star DE Joshua Paschal, pushing UK into the top 25 of the 2017 recruiting rankings. With big-time prospects still on the board like four-stars Lynn Bowden and Thayer Munford, a class that started out fairly slow may be racing to the finish line as one of Stoops’ best ever at UK.
Phew… What a day.