Penn State is in the midst of a crucial recruiting stretch, as James Franklin and his staff are looking to bolster their 2020 class. Despite suffering a few losses to its incoming class of late, the Nittany Lions should be feeling optimistic about the latest update involving three-star recruit Joseph Johnson.
Johnson is the No. 33 cornerback in his class, per 247Sports‘ composite rankings. The site’s internal rankings have him as a four-star, and No. 20 at his position.
Some of the top schools in the country are in pursuit of him, including Ohio State and Texas A&M.
NC State originally held a commitment from Johnson, but he decided to reopen his recruitment. The Wolfpack are still on his list of potential suitors though.
The Nittany Lions hosted Johnson on an official visit this week. Following his time with Penn State, the four-star cornerback went on Twitter to announce a change to his decision date.
Instead of announcing his commitment on July 4, Johnson has moved the date up.
Johnson will now reveal his college decision on July 2.
BIG COMMITMENT CHANGE I WILL NOW BE ANNOUNCING MY DECISION ON JULY 2 .THANK YOU!
— Joseph Johnson lll (@joseph_johnson7) June 20, 2019
Penn State has nine commits in its 2020 class, but none of those recruits play in the secondary. That would instantly change if Franklin can land Johnson in the coming weeks. Given the timing of his announcement, it definitely feels like PSU is heavily in the mix here.
At this point it seems like a four-team race for Johnson’s commitment.