Dorian Johnson had been saying to reporters recently that Pitt was his No. 1 college choice. Today, he let Pitt know.
Johnson, one of the most heavily-recruited players in Western Pennsylvania, made a verbal commitment to Pitt today. He was one of three WPIAL standouts to visit Pitt this weekend. The others were Clairton receiver Tyler Boyd and Central Valley receiver Robert Foster.
Johnson is 6 feet 6, 285 pounds and is ranked among the top 20 offensive linemen in the country by scouting services. He had committed to Penn State this summer, but backed off that commitment when Penn State was hit with NCAA sanctions because of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.
Johnson re-opened his recruiting and Ohio State and Virginia Tech were his finalists.
Johnson is loaded with potential. With his height and long arms, he is the perfect size for a big-time offensive tackle.
Here is what Belle Vernon coach Aaron Krepps had to say about Johnson:
On how it was no surpise that Johnson picked Pitt: "Pitt has always been a school that he's been very high on. I know it's a place he has liked for some time."
On Johnson's senior season: "I thought he had a very strong year. He has anchored our line for three yars now. He was very productive for us. There were situations where we ran behind him a lot. He did what we asked of him and more. He's a great kid, a high character young man with great work ethic."
About the possibility of playing early at Pitt: "He has the athletic ability and the strength. He has a heck of a punch, great feet and great hands. 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].
"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."