|Ron Johnson – DE | 6-4, 240 | Camden, N.J. – Camden|
|ESPN: 4-star, #16 DE||Rivals: 4-star, #6 DE||247: 4-star, #17 DE||Scout: 3-star, #48 DE|
|Other top offers: Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan State, Oregon, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, South Carolina|
Less than a week remains before the calendar flips to July, but Jim Harbaugh and his staff aren’t showing any signs of slowing down on the recruiting trail anytime soon. A day after landing four-star offensive tackle Devery Hamilton, the Wolverines picked up a commitment from four-star defensive end Ron Johnson.
I have committed to The University of Michigan ??thanks to everyone who believed in me and gave me the opportunity!! pic.twitter.com/BNv5rljqR0
— Ron Johnson Jr? (@RonJohn24) June 25, 2015
Johnson is a four-star according to ESPN, Rivals, and 247 Sports and a three-star according to Scout. Rivals ranks him the highest as the sixth-best weak side defensive end in the 2016 class. ESPN ranks him as the 16th-best defensive end, while 247 has him 17th and Scout 48th. ESPN ranks Johnson the highest nationally as the 103rd-best overall player in the class, while Rivals has him 109th, and 247 has him 231st.
Scout lists his strengths as ‘athleticism’,'hand quickness’, and ‘speed’, while noting his areas to improve as ‘change of direction’ and ‘strength’. Scout’s Brian Dohn expanded on that evaluation:
“Johnson has an excellent motor and also plenty of athleticism. He gets up the field in a hurry, but also uses technique, including a nice swim move. He stays low at the snap and can dip his shoulder to get around the edge, and also can chase a play down from behind. He needs to work a bit on his change of direction, which is good for a kid his size. His speed off the edge is why colleges like him a lot.”
At 6’4″, 240 pounds heading into his senior season at Camden High School in New Jersey, Johnson is a great addition to the class. He held offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan State, Oregon, and Notre Dame, among others. He unofficially visited Michigan back in March and subsequently received a visit from tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh a couple weeks later. He made a return trip to Ann Arbor this week along with several other New Jersey recruits and committed on the spot Thursday afternoon.
Johnson is commitment number 20 in the class and the 14th in the month of June. He joins fellow defensive end Rashad Weaver, filling a big need in the class, especially after missing out on in-state defensive end Khalid Kareem. With anywhere from five to eight spots left in the class, Michigan hopes to land more commitments this weekend and continue building the New Jersey pipeline.