Posted Oct 6, 2003

The newest verbal to The Ohio State University Football team, has a last name known by many Buckeye Fans.



NOUN: Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past.

       (photo from ESPN)

That is what one Ohio recruit has learned to deal with during his life. The legacy of having a father that stared at a college and in the NFL is seen everyday. With such players as Jarrett Payton, Kellen Winslow Jr. and Quincy Wilson playing big time college football, more names you know are headed to a college near you.

Pepper Johnson is well known to Buckeye natives, as a former Buckeye All-American linebacker, Pepper went on to have a great 13 year NFL career with the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and New York Jets. He also served as an unpaid liaison for the New England Patriots during the 2000 season and inside linebackers’ coach during the 2001 championship season.

Dionte Johnson of Columbus Eastmoor Academy has learned to live with the legacy of his famous father. While the linebacker/fullback has worked hard to start his own legacy, he will share with his father another tradition. Playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Dionte turned the heads of many coaches during the summer with his posting of a 4.5 40 at the OSU football camp. Standing 5’11 235 lbs. Dionte will bring a very athletic presence to the Buckeye backfield when he lines up at fullback.

With many schools showing interest, Dionte had received an offer from Bowling Green during the summer. The Buckeyes stayed on Dionte and have made the call with an offer. It didn’t take Dionte long to think about, as he returned the call and gave the OSU staff another verbal, for what is turning out to be a top class. And keeping the Johnson legacy in place.

OPS would like to wish Dionte the best on his playing days at Ohio State.

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