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Sunday, November 4, 2012
Top three hold firm for OT Dorian Johnson

By Jared Shanker


The season ended prematurely for Dorian Johnson, as Belle Vernon (Pa.) Area suffered a heartbreaking loss to Central Valley in the playoffs on a wobbly field goal with seven seconds left in the game.

Although Johnson was hoping to register his first playoff win in four tries, he was pleased to make the playoffs after Belle Vernon started 1-4.

“It was real surprising, Johnson said.

Now that the season is over, the ESPN 150 prospect and the No. 2 offensive tackle nationally will refocus on his recruitment after putting it on hold for much of the season. He took unofficial visits to both Ohio State and Pittsburgh during the season, and he will take one more to Ohio State before the Buckeyes' season ends.

That visit will come Nov. 24 for the Michigan game, when many of the Buckeyes' commits and some of the country’s top seniors and juniors are in Columbus for the game.

“The Nebraska game was probably the craziest game I’ve been to, and I know Ohio State-Michigan is a real big rivalry,” he said. “I’m excited to see that atmosphere and how it goes.”

The play of the offensive line and the atmosphere are the two things Johnson will be watching on that visit. He knows about the academics and the campus from previous visits.

The Michigan game will be an opportunity for Ohio State to possibly surpass Pitt on Johnson’s list before he makes official visits to both in December. Johnson’s top group consists of Pitt, Ohio State and Virginia Tech, in that order.

Both Ohio State and Pitt will hold weekends in December for most of the commitments to make their official visits, and Johnson plans on using his official visit to both on each of those weekends.

Despite a top two of Pitt and Ohio State, he insists Virginia Tech is not out of the picture.

“I’m still looking at Virginia Tech and still want to take an official visit there and maybe catch a game before the end of the season,” he said.