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Waunakee senior running back L.O. Johnson announced via Twitter Monday night that he has orally committed to the University of New Mexico for football and track and field.

Johnson was the WIAA Division 1 state champion in the 100-meter dash in 10.99 seconds at the state track and field meet in June in La Crosse.

This fall, the 5-foot-11, 208-pound Johnson was a first-team all-conference selection as a running back in the Badger North Conference and an honorable-mention choice as a running back on the Wisconsin State Journal/ All-Area football team.

He helped the undefeated Warriors to the Badger North crown and the WIAA Division 2 state championship in football this season. Waunakee (14-0) rallied to defeat Brookfield Central 14-13 in the final.

Entering the state final, Johnson had rushed for 593 yards on 98 carries (6.1 yards per attempt) and 10 touchdowns and had caught 15 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns. In the state title game, he had four carries for two yards.

Johnson is the son of Lawrence Johnson, a former University of Wisconsin and NFL cornerback.

Bob Davie is the New Mexico football coach. He formerly was head coach at Notre Dame. His 2017 Lobos staff included defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Kevin Cosgrove, who was a former UW assistant from 1990-2003, including the Badgers’ defensive coordinator/linebackers coach from 1995-2003.


Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.