Dorian Johnson Decommits From Penn State; Pitt A Favorite

Paul Chryst will have some extra work to do other than training camp in trying to bring Dorian Johnson into the fold (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

I was planning on settling in, paying some bills tonight, and getting ready to watch some Olympics - so much for that.

Five-star recruit, Dorian Johnson, has decommitted from Penn State and apparently, back on the open market. So other than Pitt, where else could he be looking?

The Trib, says Ohio State and Virginia Tech are also in the running.

Going over all of Johnson's credentials isn't really necessary at this point. Unless you've been under a rock, you know that the former Penn State recruit was maybe the biggest target in Pitt's 2013 football class.

Brief synopsis, but Johnson picked Penn State over Pitt back in June, but since the Penn State fallout, is available once again. He seemed to waver a bit after the stuff in Happy Valley broke and according to that Tribune-Review tweet, it's reportedly official.

The big thing that we see even more now with the offensive line being challenged for depth in the wake of the Juantez Hollins suspension is that saying Pitt needs help on the unit is an understatement. He won't be able to help until 2013, obviously, but if Pitt landed Johnson, the offensive line gets better almost instantly.

And as I've written before, Johnson would be huge for Pitt not only because of his talent, but because for head coach Paul Chryst to run his offense, he needs standout linemen.

One reason Johnson apparently shied away from Pitt before was the campus environment in Oakland. It may have played a part in it, but if it were an extreme hurdle, you have to wonder how Pitt made it so far in the selection process to begin with.

When it comes down to it, Pitt should have a chance to land him when it's all said and done.

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