Ranked as one of the top high school defensive backs in the state, East St. Louis junior Antonio Johnson continues to mount college scholarship offers.
A 6-foot-3 185-pound safety, Johnson confirmed on Saturday that he received an offer from Penn State University.
“They are one of the schools who has been talking to me. They called a couple of days ago and offered.’’ Johnson said Saturday following the Flyers Class 7A first round playoff win over Hoffman Esates. “It’s a great school and I feel blessed that they offered me a scholarship.’’
Ranked as a four-star prospect and the No. 4 ranked safety in Illinois by Rvials.com and the No. 3 ranked recruit in the state for the class of 2020 by 247 Sports, Johnson also has scholarship offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, Kentucky and Virgina Tech.
A two-year starter at defensive back for coach Darren Sunkett’s Flyers, Johnson finished his sophomore season a year ago with 67 tackles, 41 solos and two interceptions.. This season, Johnson has turned into one of the top two-way staters in the St. Louis area.
While helping to anchor the Flyers secondary, Johnson has 70 tackles, 46 solos and five interceptions. In his first season as a wide receiver, Johnson has 26 receptions for 492 yards and six touchdowns.
The Flyers (8-2) will be on the road Saturday to take on Glenbard East (10-0) in a second round Class 7A playoff game beginning at 2 p.m.