Dorian Johnson, one of the most heavily-recruited players in Western Pennsylvania, yesterday made his verbal commitment to Pittsburgh. Johnson is 6 feet 6, 285 pounds and is ranked among the top 20 offensive linemen in the country by most scouting services. He had committed to Penn State this summer, but backed off that commitment after Penn State was hit with NCAA sanctions because of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.
Johnson, though, has the talent to play at the next level and his coach thinks he shows great promise.
“He has the athletic ability and the strength. He has a heck of a punch, great feet and great hands.” Johnson’s high school head coach Aaron Krepps said. “His potential is through the roof. I know with the type of work ethic he possesses, he’s going to do everything he needs to do in order to have the opportunity to play early in his career [at Pitt].”
His coach also believes he has what it takes to get playing time as a true freshman.
“He has the frame to put on more weight. That won’t be a problem. Like any situation for most high school kids, the biggest jump from high school to college is grasping and understanding the mental aspect of the game. That’s the biggest hurdle any high school kid faces.”
Pitt has been high on Johnson’s list ever since his decommitment and he has not been shy to reporters about that. Panther fans will get to see Johnson out on the field next year, and what they will see is a big time player.