2017 JUCO DB commits to Kentucky over Georgia
Despite taking an official visit to Georgia this past weekend, 2017 JUCO defensive back prospect Lonnie Johnson decided his heart was elsewhere.
Johnson made his commitment public on Tuesday night — pledging his services to Kentucky. He chose the Wildcats over Georgia and West Virginia.
Lonnie Johnson did a bit of a fake out and went for the Georgia hat then picked up the Kentucky hat. Says he made his decision last night. pic.twitter.com/ZrFNWLUpl8
— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) December 13, 2016
Ranked as the No. 5 junior college safety in the country by 247Sports, the 3-star will bolster a UK secondary in need of depth and talent.
Johnson is a big player — registering at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds. Rangy in coverage, Johnson has the requisite athleticism needed to impact right away in Lexington. He will come in initially as a cornerback.
Johnson sited head coach Mark Stoops’s history of coaching defensive backs as a big reason for why he chose to commit to the program:
UK commit Lonnie Johnson: "I didn't know that Coach Stoops coached all those DBs at Miami, so once I saw that, that was a big part of it."
— Ben Roberts (@BenRobertsHL) December 13, 2016
This is a big pickup for Kentucky. It gives the Wildcats 19 public commitments. Perhaps most importantly, Stoops and his staff were able to land a big-time player whilst going up against another SEC East program.