Penn State’s 2020 football recruiting class picks up a 4-star talent over Michigan, others


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One of the nation’s top tight ends has picked Penn State a couple of weeks before the early signing date.

Theo Johnson is a 4-star talent from Windsor, Ontario, in Canada. He’s listed at 6-foot-6 and 242 pounds and appears physically ready to star in college now.

His final decision came Monday afternoon and apparently from a pool of Penn State, Michigan, Georgia and Iowa. Though he also reported scholarship offers from the likes of Ohio State, Alabama and LSU.

Johnson had originally scheduled to make his announcement on Nov. 18 but pushed it back, possibly a sign of how close things were between schools.

He is the highest-ranked Canadian prospect by 247Sports since Neville Gallimore (Oklahoma) in the 2015 cycle.

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“Has advanced skills and physical ability as a pass catcher with his high-end speed pairing with a large catch radius and natural ball skills,” 247Sports national analyst Charles Power wrote in a recent evaluation. “Presents a considerable mismatch as a target when working up the seam.

“Projects as a multi-year starter at the Power 5 level with the upside of developing into an early round NFL Draft pick.”

Johnson is the third member of this 2020 Penn State class to be named an Under Armour All-American, joining Maryland linebacker Curtis Jacobs and Michigan safety Enzo Jennings.

The Lions’ recruiting class has 27 members and is ranked No. 15 nationally. The only other tight end recruit is Virginia’s Tyler Warren, who is 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds and played quarterback in high school. 

Johnson and the other members of this class can make their commitments binding beginning with the early signing period, beginning on Dec. 18. 

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