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Monday, January 20, 2014
Signing day decision for ESPN 300 OT

By Jared Shanker

Roderick Johnson (Florissant, Mo./Hazelwood Central) has finalized plans for his commitment announcement.

Johnson, No. 158 in the ESPN 300, will commit at 10 a.m. ET on signing day at his high school, he told in a text message. A decision will likely come down to Florida State and Ohio State.

The Seminoles hosted Johnson for an official visit in mid-December, and at that point the Noles were far and away the top school for the 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive tackle. The Buckeyes were his No. 2 school at the time, but he officially visited Ohio State this past weekend.

Both programs made the offensive line a priority in 2014 and plan to sign at least five offensive linemen. Jimbo Fisher and Urban Meyer went head to head on several recruits during the 2014 cycle and it looks as if Johnson will be one of the last battles between two coaches who finished the 2013 regular season undefeated. Chad Mavety, ranked No. 2 among junior college offensive linemen, chose the Noles over the Buckeyes in December.

Ohio State picked up a commitment earlier Monday from three-star Brady Taylor (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Ready), which might have closed the books on the offensive line in 2014 for the Buckeyes. With still more than two weeks until signing day, however, it remains to be seen how the numbers shake out and there is always the possibility Ohio State finds room for a talent like Johnson, who is No. 14 among tackles nationally.