Mt. Lebanon's Roth picks Princeton ..... Johnson, Foster talk recruiting

Written by Mike White on .

Some recruiting notes that fell off my laptop.

Mt. Lebanon quarterback-defensive back Tyler Roth has made a verbal commitment to Princeton of the Ivy League.

Roth, a senior, didn't become Mt. Lebanon's starting quarterback until this season. He played defensive back. But Roth had an eye-opening season at QB under first-year coach Mike Melnyk. Roth completed 156 of 295 for 2,514 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Roth (pictured in a game against Upper St. Clair this season) was also considering Bucknell, Dartmouth and Cornell. He is not sure what position he will play at Princeton.

"They recruited me as a punter and I don't really exactly know what other position. I wouldn't rule anything out," Roth said.

This is the second year in a row an Ivy League school has landed a standout Mt. Lebanon player. Former Lebo star running back Luke Hagy is a freshman at Cornell.

"I just really liked the coaches at Princeton and I don't think you can pass up the education," Roth said.

Johnson, Foster talk recruiting

The annual Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 comes out Thanksgiving Day. We will have a short bio and a short "question and answer" session with every player selected to the team. It's no secret that Belle Vernon's Dorian Johnson and Central Valley's Robert Foster will be on the team. Both of them talked a little about recruiting last night.

Johnson, Foster and Clairton star Tyler Boyd all visited Pitt this past weekend and Johnson made a verbal commitment to Pitt Sunday night.

"At the end of the day, I was just really comfortable with everyone there, and I decided I wanted to play close to home and for my hometown team," Johnson said.

Johnson had made a verbal commitment to Penn State this summer, but changed his mind about the Nittany Lions after the NCAA sanctions hit the program. Johnson's other two finalists were Ohio State and Virginia Tech. He was going to possibly visit Ohio State this weekend, but has canceled that trip.

"I just didn't want to wase anyone else's time any more," Johnson said. "Some schools have to recruit other guys and move on."

When asked whether he thought Pitt had a good chance to land Foster and Boyd, Johnson said, "I'm not too sure. I actually talked to both of them and they are still undecided. But I think Pitt has a pretty good chance."

Robert_Foster_head_shotFoster (pictured) has narrowed his choices to Pitt and Alabama. When asked if he was close to a decision, Foster said, "I'm just waiting and relaxing."

Pitt might end up landing Foster, but he said Johnson's decision wouldn't sway him.

"There's nothing swaying me," Foster said. "I'm going to be doing my own thing."

Foster already has visited Alabama.

Check out Foster, Johnson and the entire Fabulous 22 team in Thursday's Post-Gazette. This is the 32nd edition of the Fab 22, which is chosen from all players in the WPIAL and League.


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