LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky’s recruiting momentum kept rolling Tuesday night as the Wildcats picked up a commitment from a top junior college prospect.
Lonnie Johnson, the No. 4 JUCO safety prospect in the country, picked UK over Georgia, West Virginia and Memphis. Johnson played at Garden City Community College in Kansas. Johnson is the second JUCO commit in Kentucky’s 2017 class.
“I’m gonna join the BBN family and we’re going to try to take over the SEC nation,” Johnson said after putting on a blue Kentucky cap.
Johnson said he made the decision Monday night.
“The difference between Kentucky and Georgia was really family over business,” Johnson said. “Georgia to me was more business-related and I chose to go with Kentucky cause they felt like family.”
Proximity from Gary, Ind., was another advantage Kentucky had over Georgia. Johnson said his mom would only have to drive five hours to watch him play.
Justin Rowland from Rivals.com has reported that Kentucky recruited Johnson as a cornerback. He’s listed at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds.
It’s the second bit of good recruiting news for the Cats on Tuesday.
Joshua Paschal, a 4-star defensive end prospect from Olney, Md., committed earlier in the day. Kentucky’s 2017 class is ranked in the top-30 according to 247Sports. It’d be coach Mark Stoops’ best class since 2014.
Tuesday’s recruiting news comes a day after former Central Florida commit Sebastien Dolcine flipped to the Wildcats. Dolcine is a 3-star offensive guard prospect.
DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell was in Gary, Indiana for Johnson’s commitment. Here’s video of the event.