Michigan Football received good news Monday night when 2018 4-star linebacker Antwuan Johnson of Springfield, Ohio announced his verbal commitment to the Wolverines on Twitter. Johnson is rated as the 82nd player nationally and the 3rd best inside linebacker in the class, per 247 Sports. He is the first commit in Head Coach Jim Harbaugh’s 2018 class.
Johnson is a big get for new Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown, who joined the staff at the end of the 2016 recruiting cycle. He will also fill a position of need for the Wolverines, who are perhaps thinner at linebacker than any other position. At 6-1, 218 pounds, look for Johnson to add speed and athleticism to Michigan’s linebackers corps when he arrives on campus in 2018.
Johnson’s commitment continues the positive momentum on the recruiting trail for the Wolverines, as it comes on the heels of Michigan signing what was ranked the 6th best 2016 recruiting class in Jim Harbaugh’s first full recruiting cycle as head coach, according to ESPN.
In Johnson the Wolverines also steal an in-state target from the Buckeyes and Urban Meyer. In addition to his Ohio State offer, Johnson holds offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Iowa, and Cincinnati, among others.