NAME: Paris Johnson Jr.
SCHOOL: Princeton High School
GRADUATING YEAR: 2020
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: National Honor Society
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6'7"-290 lbs.
PARENTS: Paris & Monica
BIGGEST INFLUENCE: Mom
FUTURE GOAL: College All-American, Play in NFL
Prior to committing to play next season for the Ohio State Buckeyes, Princeton big man Paris Johnson Jr. was one of the most sought-after recruits in Cincinnati, in Ohio and in the entire country. 247sports.com had rated Paris as the number one recruit in Ohio as well as the number one high school offensive lineman in the nation in the class of 2020.
A pre-season MaxPreps and USA Today All-American, Paris transferred from St Xavier to play his senior year at Princeton. He and his teammates helped the Vikings to a 6-4 regular season record and its first playoff berth since 2007.
Last season at St. Xavier, Paris earned numerous honors, including being named 1st team GCL South, 1st team all-city, 1st team all-SWO District and 1st team all-Ohio. He was named a junior All-American and last summer was invited to participate in the prestigious "The Opening Finals" Camp in Frisco, Texas, which over the years has hosted many current and former NFL stars. He also was selected to play in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas in January, 2020.
A gifted athlete, Paris grew up play multiple sports, including hockey, baseball, soccer, wrestling, swimming and track.
An honor roll student who is active in community service, Paris is a member of National Honor Society and the National Mandarin Chinese Honor Society. His favorite athlete is Tyron Smith, favorite entertainer is Kevin Hart, favorite book is The Outsiders, favorite movie is Friday and most-like-to-meet is Martin Luther King Jr.
COACH'S QUOTE – "Paris is a young man that has a remarkable combination of talent, leadership, intellect and compassion. Paris will have success in whatever he embarks upon."
— Mike Daniels, Football Coach