- Dave Hooker, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Despite having one of the best recruiting classes in the country, Penn State's coaches were still a bit surprised that Dorian Johnson decided to end his recruitment on Saturday.
“Everybody was excited,” the offensive tackle from Belle Vernon (Pa.) High School said of the response from the Nittany Lion coaches. “They were a little bit surprised, too.”
When asked why Saturday was the right time to announce his decision, Johnson said simply, “I felt like it was the time to do it.”
Johnson becomes Penn State's second highest-rated commitment, behind only quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who is rated the tenth best prospect in the nation and top quarterback in the country. Johnson is rated as the No. 88 overall prospect in the country and the nation's second best offensive tackle.
“He's just a great blend of athleticism, strength and size,” said Johnson's high school coach Aaron Krepps, who added that recruiters were most impressed with Johnson's knee bend, long arms and high character.
With 10 commitments, Penn State already had a strong class before Johnson's commitment. Now, it's even better better. With 11 commitments currently, the Nittany Lions' class ranks No. 15 in the nation, has four ESPN 150 prospects committed, another from the ESPN 300 and eight four-star prospects on board. Johnson said that the growing class was a factor in his decision.
“You want to play around guys you're comfortable with,” Johnson said.
Johnson said he also likes the layout of Penn State's campus in Happy Valley. Clearly, it's a college town while some other schools he considered were more apart of a city.
“Penn State is on its own,” said Johnson, who plans to major in sports management.
Johnson said Pittsburgh finished second for his services. Ohio State and West Virginia were also considered finalists.