Feel Good Story For Ohio State Walk On Xavier Johnson

Xavier Johnson, Black Stripe Removed In Feel Good Story

Feel Good Story For Ohio State Walk On Xavier Johnson

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Feel Good Story For Ohio State Walk On Xavier Johnson


It’s a dream many boys have in Ohio… to play football for The Ohio State University. Very few actually get to see that dream fulfilled, but Xavier Johnson is making a huge sacrifice to see his dream come to fruition.


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Xavier Johnson was a class of 2018 three star recruit at Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati. His national rank was 1141 and had a rating of 171 for all wide receiving recruits. Not necessarily a player Ohio State would set its sights on.

But Xavier Johnson wanted to be a Buckeye. It was something he wanted so badly that he told other division one programs “Thanks, but no thanks.” as he chose to walk on at Ohio State.

The life of a walk on is not all that glamorous. Players are mostly gritty guys that coaches love because they are willing to do just about anything asked. Most are relegated to the practice squad and become tackling dummies for the guys who will play in the games on Saturdays. They don’t get to travel and unlike their highly recruited teammates, they are paying their own way for a college education.

Which makes Xavier Johnson’s story all the more fun to read about. In a world of college athletics where everyone wants their cut, Johnson reminds us of the kids who play in the back yard simply for the love of the game.

Xavier Johnson had full scholarship offers from programs like Iowa State, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, among others. No one will confuse these schools with a power program like Ohio State, but a free education that could be anywhere from $50,000 to $250,000 is nothing to sneeze at. What a sacrifice to see a dream fulfilled.

His teammates love his work ethic and are glad he chose to be a Buckeye. Kendall Sheffield, a starter in the Buckeye secondary is the one who removes his black stripe (a symbolic act welcoming freshmen into the fold). Director of player personal, Ryan Stamper calls Xavier “Professor X” and says “he’s been making plays all over the field. Everyone know’s him and is glad he’s a Buckeye.”

This is a great feel good story and another reason to love college football. Here’s to hoping Xavier Johnson keeps getting after it, helping make his teammates better, and maybe earning an Ohio State football scholarship sometime in the future.

While all of that remains unknown, one thing I know for sure, this is a kid we can all root for. Best of luck to you Xavier.

 

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