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A week ago, Gary (Ind.) West Side's Lonnie Johnson was committed to Ohio State. On Sunday, the three-star athlete announced a new leader following last week's de-commitment from the Buckeyes.
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Even before de-committing from Ohio State, Johnson had planned to visit Western Michigan this weekend. The trip ended up being an unofficial visit, but the experience moved the Broncos to the top of his list.
"Right now, Western Michigan is my leader," Johnson said. "It was different and one of the best visits me and my family have ever been on. It is clearly not on the level as O-State was, and I think I would bring something different to Western Michigan if I was to go there."
Johnson was joined by his parents and brother on the trip to Kalamazoo. He said each of them noted the difference from previous visits, and that it was a good kind of different.
"I toured around campus and I talked with the head coach (P.J. Fleck)," Johnson said. "I noticed he is a big dreamer and a chaser. Western Michigan will be winning in the future and they have a great head coach."
Besides Western Michigan, Johnson is looking closely at Cincinnati and USF. He is likely to see both of those schools in the coming weeks.
"I am supposed to be getting down to Cincinnati on (December) 5th, and I'm trying to see if I will make it an official visit or not," Johnson said. "I am thinking about going to South Florida on (November) 22nd."
Since announcing his de-commitment from Ohio State, Johnson has picked up a pair of new offers and seen interest from other schools increase.
"Toledo offered me and Akron offered me," Johnson reported. "Minnesota wanted me to come in and visit, but I don't know yet.
"I am only opening up my recruitment to one or two more schools. I don't want it to get too big because that is how I got in that situation the first time. I'm going to take my time with this one."
Josh Helmholdt is the Midwest Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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