Penn State lands one of the top WPIAL players

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The Penn State football team has landed one of the top players in the WPIAL.

Dorian Johnson, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive tackle and a senior at Belle Vernon High School, made a verbal commitment to Penn State tonight. His other finalists were Pitt, West Virginia and Ohio State, but Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame and numerous others offered.

Johnson visited Penn State Saturday.

"[Saturday] was kind of like dominoes," Johnson said. "I was already liking Penn State and then that visit kind of just sealed the deal. Everything fell into place. I was impressed with the facilities, I like the coaches and I like the direction the program is going to be headed."

Johnson said the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case did not affect his decision whatsoever.

"That doesn't have anything to do with the program now," Johnson said.

Rivals.com ranks Johnson the No. 23 offensive tackle in the country.

Belle Vernon coach Aaron Krepps said, "He had been going back and forth between Pitt and Penn State for a while now. Dorian doesn't say a whole lot, so it was tough to know where he was leaning from one day to the next. But we talked [Saturday] night and he was ready. He knew where he wanted to go."

Johnson was the second WPIAL player to make a college decision Sunday. Clairton defensive back Titus Howard committed to Pitt. breaking - psusports

First Published June 24, 2012 9:45 PM


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