One highly rated western Pennsylvania offensive linemen is now off the board, following North Allegheny's Patrick Kugler's decision to commit to Michigan last weekend. But another lineman is keeping his options open, and is getting looks from a lot of schools.
Dorian Johnson of Belle Vernon High School (about 25 miles south of Pittsburgh) is a three-star prospect, with an offer sheet that includes such schools as Penn State, Pitt, West Virginia, and others. At 6-6, weighing in in the 275 pound range, Johnson projects as an offensive tackle at the next level.
BSD: Who are you hearing most from at the moment? Who do you have offers from?
Dorian Johnson: So far I've been hearing the most from WVU. I've got offers from Pitt, WVU, PSU, Nebraska, Toledo, UConn, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Cincinnati, Temple, and Virginia.
BSD: How was Penn State's Junior Day? Did you speak with the coaches, and if so, which ones?
DJ: PSU's junior day was great. I learned a lot and got a really great vibe from Happy Valley while I was up there. I talked to every coach there throughout the day.
BSD: How much interaction did you have with the other recruits?
DJ: I had some interaction with the recruits that were there but not much though because there was something going on just about the entire time we were there.
BSD: Do you have any other visits to other schools planned? Any return trips to Penn State planned?
DJ: I visited Pitt last weekend and I am planning on going out to a few spring practices at a couple different schools in March. I think it would be pretty cool to sit in a couple of position meetings and I'll definitely head back up to PSU.
BSD: What are you looking to accomplish your senior year?
DJ: I just want to win a WPIAL championship. It has been my top goal ever since my freshman year of high school, so I plan on getting better my senior year and pushing my teammates to get better everyday. [I'd like to] ultimately leave the football program in a better state than when I started.
BSD: What do you think your timeline will look like - will you commit over the summer, sometime during your senior year, or wait until the end?
DJ: I don't plan on making any decisions until after my senior season.