Penn State Recruiting Class of 2012: Meet Austin Johnson

Austin Johnson, OL/DL, St. Augustine H.S. (N.J.)

Like Derek Dowrey, Austin Johnson received a scholarship offer after attending camp at Penn State last June. Also, like Dowrey, Johnson's existing offer list was very sparse when it came to BCS scholarship offers (Syracuse, Rutgers, Boston College, Villanova and Tulane). Who is this 6'5", 280-pound mystery man?

Well, he ended up being Scout.com's #24 ranked offensive guard prospect. Rivals had him as the #29 overall recruit in the state of New Jersey, and notes that he was the starting center for a state championship basketball team. So that's rather impressive. According to this Philly.com article, Johnson is likely ending up on the defensive line. As with most versatile, athletic big guys, who knows.

How did the scandal affect Austin Johnson? He was obviously on the verge of looking elsewhere for his college career, but...

Johnson long maintained that he would keep an open mind on things and he kept mentioning his close relationship with Penn State assistant coach Larry Johnson (no relation).

Larry Johnson, whose son starred at Penn State and then for the Kansas City Chiefs as a running back, is known as one of college football’s top recruiters as well as being an accomplished defensive coach.

Austin Johnson maintained that he would like to attend Penn State, but was seeing what would be done about the coaching staff.

One of the first moves new Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien did was retain Larry Johnson as one of his assistants. That apparently was a popular move with a number of recruits, certainly with Austin Johnson.

Bill O'Brien retaining Larry Johnson: great move, or the greatest move?

Be sure to become a fan of BSD on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter!

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Black Shoe Diaries

You must be a member of Black Shoe Diaries to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Black Shoe Diaries. You should read them.

Join Black Shoe Diaries

You must be a member of Black Shoe Diaries to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Black Shoe Diaries. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker