Penn State's 2022 basketball recruiting class is off to a quick start. Cleveland point guard Sonny Johnson Jr. is the first player to verbally commit to the Nittany Lions. He announced his commitment on Instagram Monday afternoon.
The Johnson Jr. File
- Class: 2022
- Size: 5'10/150 lbs.
- Pos: PG
- School: Garfield Heights (Cleveland, OH)
- Composite Rating: N/A
- Composite Rank: N/A
Recruiting of the 2022 class is still in its early stages, players cannot sign for nearly two years, but Johnson was an early target for Chambers and his staff. The Nittany Lions, along with Michigan State, constituted his two major offers. Local programs Youngstown State and Kent State had also offered the sophomore.
Johnson's father told 247Sports that they had been keeping an eye on Penn State, and felt the program was a perfect fit.
"We watched the last two or three games they played," explained Johnson. "Coach Chambers definitely uses a lot of ball screens, pushes the tempo, and lets his guards play. When you have a coach who lets a guard play and make decisions, there is nothing more you can ask for."
The Johnson family also felt Chambers and his staff were key as well:
"Penn State was with him from the beginning," said Johnson Sr. "They showed us so much love since he was on campus, and they kept pushing and saying they wanted to build around him as a point guard."
The younger Johnson suffered a torn ACL earlier this month, so he will be sidelined for the next several months after undergoing surgery and rehab. Prior to his injury, he was averaging 15 points and six assists per game for Garfield Heights.