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Michigan Adds New Jersey DE Ron Johnson to 2016 Recruiting Class


Few programs have heated up the recruiting trail the way Michigan has in the month of June. Over the last 25 days the Wolverines have added 20 verbal commitments including the Thursday pledge of 4-star defensive end Ron Johnson. Michigan landed the 6-3, 240-pound prospect out of Camden High School in New Jersey.

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Johnson is not a one-year wonder on the recruiting circuit but is in fact showing he is just starting to develop and come into his own. As a sophomore he racked up 60 tackles, along with four sacks. In 2014 he finished the year with 84 tackles and 10 sacks, catching the attention of teams beyond Big Ten boundaries.

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The Wolverines can call Johnson a recruiting coup of sorts landing him over offers from 24 other programs including in-state rival Michigan State, Oregon, Stanford, Notre Dame, Ohio State, North Carolina, Arizona State, Wisconsin, and SEC schools Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, and Ole Miss.

Johnson makes the third commitment for Big Blue in as many days joining Montreal, Quebec defensive back Benjamin St-Juste and 4-star offensive lineman Devery Hamilton out of Gilman School in Baltimore, Md.

The addition of Johnson also softens the blow of losing out on 4-star in-state defensive end Khalid Kareem. The 6-4, 260-pound, Harrison High School recruit from Farmington shocked many in the state of Michigan when he verbally committed to Alabama on Wednesday.

— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, Follow him on Twitter @HogManinLA.