Cornelius Johnson wrapped up an official visit at Penn State on Sunday. Following his first trip to Happy Valley since receiving a scholarship offer from Nittany Lions coach James Franklin, the four-star receiver is nearing a collegiate decision.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Brunswick School (Greenwich, Conn.) senior tweeted Monday night that he has scheduled a commitment announcement for Dec. 19 — the commencement of college football’s early signing period. Johnson also revealed five finalists: Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and Stanford.
He did not specify a time for his declaration, which will take place at the Brunswick School.
Considered the No. 39 receiver recruit in 247Sports 2019 composite rankings, Johnson claims scholarship offers from approximately 20 universities. Penn State entered this pursuit in earnest by extending one last February during his attendance at a Nittany Lions junior day event.
Until recent days, Johnson’s 247Sports Crystal Ball leaned toward Stanford. The Cardinal entered carried 71 percent of predictions entering last weekend but things have become increasingly jumbled.
Notre Dame holds a slight edge with 29 percent of picks but that total is tied with “undecided” and those selections were made before the season. It’s worth noting the latest prediction — placed this afternoon by 247Sports Fighting Irish analyst Tom Loy — points toward Michigan as his anticipated landing spot.
Ann Arbor is exactly where Johnson is headed this weekend. He’ll complete his official visit itinerary with the Wolverines, then return to New England with a few days to sort through options and gain clarity for a commitment.
Johnson previously utilized an official visit at Notre Dame in September, but there is increasing sentiment that a Big Ten battle is brewing between Michigan and Penn State.
Johnson, joined by his father and brother during the PSU visit, has welcomed coaches to his hometown since the contact period began. Nittany Lions receivers coach David Corley traveled to see him Nov. 26.
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Penn State lost one of its two verbal pledges at the position on Saturday when Emery Simmons (Hope Mills, N.C.) shared his decision to flip back to North Carolina’s class. It’s a reverse of the move he made this summer, when the Nittany Lions landed his commitment by flipping him from the Tar Heels.
John Dunmore (Hollywood, Fla.) is now the lone receiver in PSU’s 2019 class, which includes 16 prospects and ranks 14th in the 247Sports composite. Penn State assistant and South Florida recruiting ace Ja’Juan Seider attended his state championship victory on Saturday.
The Miami Hurricanes continue to push for Dunmore to change his mind and remain in the Sunshine State, while the Nittany Lions aim to maintain a commitment that dates back to July for just a bit longer.
Johnson — Connecticut’s Gatorade Player of the Year — caught 50 passes for 834 yards (16.7 per reception) and 12 touchdowns in 2018, adding scores as a rusher and kick returner. He will cap off his prep career in the All-American Bowl, held Jan. 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Watch Johnson’s senior-season highlights in the video atop this page.