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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Coach: Dorian Johnson commits to Pitt

By Jared Shanker


Paul Chryst landed his biggest commitment since becoming the coach at Pittsburgh.

Belle Vernon (Pa.) Area's Dorian Johnson, an ESPN 150 prospect and the No. 2 offensive tackle nationally, committed to Pitt while on his official visit this weekend, his coach, Aaron Krepps, told ESPN.com in a text message.

Johnson, who was committed to Penn State before recent NCAA sanctions, officially visited Pitt with other ESPN 300 prospects Tyler Boyd (Clairton, Pa./Clairton) and Robert Foster (Monaca, Pa./Central Valley).

Pitt was Johnson's leader since decommitting from Penn State in August. The No. 22 player in the ESPN 150 had the Panthers slightly ahead of Ohio State, with Virginia Tech a distant third.

Johnson has an official visit to Ohio State planned for Dec. 7 and is slated to unofficially visit Saturday for the Michigan game. It is not clear if those visits will still take place.

"Have not had an opportunity to speak with [Johnson] at length," Krepps said about any details surrounding the commitment.