It took Ohio State a little more than a month to flip the switch.
Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) headed into The Horseshoe to watch the Buckeyes’ 26-21 win over Michigan on an official visit Nov. 24.
He announced his commitment at the Under Armour All-America Game on Friday and plugged a hole the Buckeyes have been trying to fill for more than seven months.
When it’s all done, the senior -- ranked the nation’s No. 96 player overall and the No. 2 inside linebacker -- Johnson could be the best of the bunch.
Auburn saw it in Johnson when the Tigers wrapped him up Aug. 15. But a coaching change put him back on the market, and it played to the Buckeyes’ advantage.
Johnson’s aggressive approach will be a welcome change to an Ohio State linebacker corps that was missing something last season.
Where the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Johnson excels the most is in his ability to read and react. It led to a junior season in which he had an incredible 164 tackles -- 24 1/2 for loss -- and six sacks.
Though opponents keyed on him as a senior, he recorded 140 tackles, three sacks and an interception.
With Urban Meyer bringing in a strong defensive front built to make holes for the linebackers to run through, and with Ryan Shazier helping him along next year, Johnson could be a once-in-a-decade type of player who quickly makes a name for himself.