Pitt Battling For Ex-Penn State 4-Star

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 22: The new University of Pittsburgh head football coach, Paul Chryst, speaks during a press conference on December 22, 2011 at the University of Pittsburgh Panthers South Side training facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Four-star offensive tackle Dorian Johnson has re-opened his recruitment recently and has been to a Pitt practice. Could the Panthers land the 2013 recruit?

Dorian Johnson, a four-star offensive tackle recruit in the Class of 2013 out of Belle Vernon High School in Belle Vernon, Pa., informed Penn St. Nittany Lions head coach Bill O'Brien that he has re-opened his recruitment. Johnson has some interest in the Pittsburgh Panthers program and was recently spotted at a Pitt practice.

Johnson (6-foot-6, 290 pounds) has reportedly removed the Virginia Tech Hokies from consideration and will decide between Pitt and Ohio State. Both schools were among Johnson's long list of offers before he committed to Penn State. Other schools such as Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame and West Virginia offered Johnson, but when he was asked about his choices, he said, "Pitt and Ohio State."

Johnson has no visits planned right now, but will make some in the future. For more on Johnson's upcoming recruiting process and the Pitt Panthers, check out Cardiac Hill.

For more coverage of the Panthers, visit our team page, our blog Cardiac Hill and SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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