Dorian Johnson commits to Paul Chryst, Pitt over Ohio State

Jared Wickerham

Pitt's football season has been disappointing to say the least and at 4-6, the team is facing the possibility of missing a bowl game. But the program received some significant news with word that highly-touted offensive line recruit Dorian Johnson has committed to the Panthers.

Johnson, a former Penn State commit, has long been on Pitt's radar. He visited the school recently and decided to become a Panther, canceling his scheduled visits with Ohio State.

Getting Johnson was not only important because he was a good player. It was a significant pickup that proved the Panthers are still able to pluck top talent from their own backyard, despite two poor seasons on the field. It was also an important commitment because offensive line is one of Pitt's weakest areas. Adding Johnson will instantly make the line better and while he can't protect the Panthers' quarterbacks all by himself, he will upgrade the unit.

Johnson's commitment now gives Pitt 19 recruits for 2013.

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