GARY, Ind. — Lonnie Johnson Jr. had made his decision.
The junior college target from Garden City Community College chose Kentucky at a ceremony from snow-covered Westside Leadership Academy on Tuesday.
He made that decision with hats from Georgia, Kentucky and Memphis and shorts from West Virginia sitting on the table of the school’s media center on Tuesday.
Johnson rates as the nation’s No. 4 junior college safety prospect for the Class of 2017. He had an interesting flirtation with Georgia over the last two weeks.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder was visited by Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker approximately two weeks ago. He picked up an offer from Georgia on Dec. 5, decided he would take an official visit the next day and gave the program his last official visit over the weekend.
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— LONNIE JOHNSON (@Lonnie30johnson) December 10, 2016
Johnson had a similar whirlwind approach with Kentucky. He picked up an offer from that SEC program on Nov. 28 and took his official visit to that school on Dec. 2.
Some shake ups in the top three made this way more interesting
— LONNIE JOHNSON (@Lonnie30johnson) December 13, 2016
He chose to announce his decision from his high school alma mater. Johnson spent the 2015 season at Garden City Community College in Kansas and fared well. The physical defender finished eighth overall in the national junior college stat rankings with five interceptions.
Johnson can play either cornerback or safety, but he told DawgNation last week that he would rather play cornerback. Georgia is definitely in need of cornerbacks for the Class of 2017.
The junior college prospect fared well in 2015 and signed with Iowa State but then failed to qualify. He then reclassified for the Class of 2017 and redshirted this past fall to focus on his academics.
It was a long and winding road for Johnson to big-time college football. He initially committed to Ohio State in 2014 but de-committed when it looked like he wasn’t going to be able to qualify. He then signed with Western Michigan but academic hardships derailed that opportunity.
He finally found a home at Garden City Community College.
Johnson said he has two seasons of eligibility to play two seasons.