Ohio State Recruiting: 2026 Instate Four-Star EDGE Cincere Johnson Talks Ohio State Spring Game Visit

On April 13th, the Buckeyes showcased their football team for the first time since January in their annual Spring Game. As always, they hosted some elite talent on campus. One of those talents was 2026 four-star EDGE Cincere Johnson. He raved about the Buckeyes spring game and talked to us about the visit.

The atmosphere, coaches, and players were a huge key to the visit for Johnson. “The atmosphere was amazing. Over 80,000 people. That stood out to me. The support from everyone and also the caliber of not just the team but the coaches,” Johnson said. In correlation with the coaches, relationships are key. “My relationship with the staff and the coaches is great. They are great coaches and also men that know what they’re doing. It’s been going good.” Johnson attends the same high school (Cleveland Glenville) as current Buckeye cornerback Bryce West and wide receiver Damarion Witten. He is one of the best pass rushers, and players in Ohio, already.

Johnson hasn’t earned an Ohio State offer yet, but it’s definitely possible. Johnson would be thrilled to receive the offer from the hometown Buckeyes, calling it a dream offer. “Getting the offer would be a dream come true not just for me but for any Ohio kid.” He added, “I can see myself being a Buckeye.” In addition, he had his eye on the Buckeyes defense, “The silver bullets are something special, and they are most definitely one of the best defenses in the country.”

Although it is very early in Johnson’s recruitment, there are a few schools at the top. Those being Ohio State, Notre Dame, Louisville, Michigan State, Cincinnati and Toledo. But, he will visit a ton of schools this summer and even during the season. “My school holds an annual bus tour with many different schools buy everything isn’t all planned out yet but a lot of big schools for sure.” Despite not offering, the Buckeyes will be a player this one.

Finally, he is coming off an impressive sophomore season. Johnson tallied 121 tackles, 7 sacks, and 3 tackles for loss while also winning a state championship for the second year in a row.