- Brad Bournival, RecruitingNation
It didn’t take long for Dorian Johnson (Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon) to pick where he wanted to take official visits after his decommitment from Penn State on Tuesday night.
The No. 2 ranked offensive tackle in the ESPN 150 told ESPN.com on Wednesday morning that those trips will be to Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech.
A four-star tackle, the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Johnson is ranked 27th in the nation overall.
Johnson originally committed to Penn State on June 25, but said not to expect a second decision soon and that there isn’t a clear-cut favorite.
“I’m looking at mid- to the end of the season,” Johnson said. “I want to take my time on this one and take all my official visits.”
While Johnson doesn’t have any specific visits set up yet, he did have things to say about all three schools:
Ohio State: “They have a great academic program. I was very impressed with them because I really like Coach [Urban] Meyer. I think they have one of the best programs in college football right now.”
Pitt: “I like Pitt. They have a great academic program. It’s real close to home. My family is real comfortable there.”
Virginia Tech: “Virginia Tech is a new school I brought in. They’re a school I’ve been checking out. I’d like to take a couple visits there to see how everything looks.”
Johnson originally picked Penn State because he said he loved the college town atmosphere and will likely look for the same thing this time around.
At the time he chose Penn State, he said Pitt was second to the Nittany Lions followed by Ohio State and West Virginia.
West Virginia has come off that list and has been replaced by the Hokies.
“I’m just not too interested in them this time around,” Johnson said of the Mountaineers. “And I wanted a new school in the mix to look at and compete with the other two.”
Johnson’s high school coach Aaron Krepps told ESPN.com's Dave Hooker a few weeks ago that his standout tackle was going to let things play out before rushing to a decision after NCAA sanctions were brought on the university as a result of the Freeh report.
Johnson became the fifth player to give his decommitment to Penn State since the release of the sanctions.
He joined a list of decommitments from the school that include defensive tackle wide receiver Zach Bradshaw (Damascus, Md./Damascus), defensive tackle Greg Webb (Erial, N.J./Timber Creek), cornerback Ross Douglas (Avon, Ohio/Avon) and receiver Will Fuller (Philadelphia/Roman Catholic), who verbally committed to Notre Dame on Sunday. Webb recently committed to North Carolina, and Douglas switched his pledge to Michigan.
Johnson’s departure brings Penn State’s 2013 recruiting class back down to nine.
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