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