Catching Up with Dorian Johnson: Nebraska Game Visit

By Miles Joseph on October 12, 2012 at 11:00a
Johnson enjoyed his time in Columbus

While this year's unit is far exceeding expectations, one of the biggest needs for Coach Urban Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff moving forward is help along the offensive line.

Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Corey Linsley, Marcus Hall, and Reid Fragel have done an excellent job through the first half of this season, but Meyer has continually harped on depth being an issue along the line.

Freshmen Taylor Decker, Kyle Dodson, Jacoby Boren, and Joey O'Connor seem like they could be the real deal in the early going, but after that there is not much to look forward to in a couple years when the current starters depart.

In the 2013 recruiting class, OSU has already secured verbal commitments from Centerville (OH) OT Evan Lisle and Indianapolis (IN) OG Tim Gardner, which is a good start, but Ed Warinner would still like to add another lineman to the incoming group.

The top remaining target on the big board is Belle Vernon (PA) Area OT Dorian Johnson. Standing at 6-6/285, Johnson was once a member of Penn State's 2013 class, but de-committed shortly after the Nittany Lions were sanctioned for the Jerry Sandusky events.

Johnson opened things up and quickly named hometown Pitt, the Buckeyes, and Virginia Tech as his new top three in that order, with no set timetable for a decision.

Going into Saturday Johnson had only been on Ohio State's campus once and the Panthers were thought to have a sizable lead for Johnson's signature, but that all changed just a bit after the four-star tackle and his family made the trip west on I-70 to Columbus.

We caught up with Dorian to find out how far the visit closed that gap, what he did on the visit, what he's looking for in the school of his choice, and more.

Keep reading to find out more about one of the nation's best offensive linemen in the class of 2013, Belle Vernon Area's Dorian Johnson.

How was your visit for the Nebraska game?

I had a really good visit, it was a really good time. It was the craziest, loudest game I've ever been to. The atmosphere was great.

What was your favorite part of the visit?

Being down on the field before the game and watching the players warm up was really cool.

Did you get to meet fellow recruits on the visit?

No I did not because we got into Columbus pretty late so I didn't have the chance to meet many people.

Pitt was your leader coming into the visit. Is that still the case?

It's still Pitt, then OSU, then Virginia Tech, but the visit helped close the gap. They definitely moved up a bit.

Do you have any upcoming visits?

Yeah, I may get down to Pitt this Saturday and plan to go back to Ohio State for the Michigan game in November.

When would you like to make your college decision?

Probably at the end of November or beginning of December.

What will be the biggest factors in your decision?

I just want to go to a place where I'm comfortable with the coaches and commits. Proximity will also be a factor.

Which OSU coaches have you been in contact with? What are they telling you?

I usually talk to Coach Warinner and Coach Meyer. They really want me to come to Ohio State and they really like my game.

What goals do you have to close out your career?

I just want to finish the year strong and try to make states.



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beserkr29's picture

Dorian is really firm on the whole sticking with Pitt thing.  Going to be VERY hard for even Urban to get him to come to Columbus.  Hopefully the lack of bowl practices at the end of the year will help the Buckeyes bring Mr. Johnson into the fold.

Charlotte Buckeye Chip's picture

Sounds like Pitt is going to have to blow this one for him to come to OSU.  Still a shot, but time is running out.  We need to CRUSH tsun and show him what The Game is all about.  Go Bucks!!!

~Charlotte Buckeye Chip

dubjayfootball90's picture

Zeke, Cam, Woodard, Marshall et al have to be chirping in this kids ear so he feels comfortable with them and builds good relationships. Hope he gets to THE Game early to meet some people, that would be huge..... The time frame for a decision is closing in..... This could get exciting!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Triv's picture

He hasn't met the commits yet, so hopefully he can bond with some of them at the UM game. Also sounds like we are his last visit. Still not confident in our chances, but it's not over yet.

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

bhartman13's picture

The current commits need to make it a point to reach out so Meyer gets this done!  Hopefully when he comes back for the scUM game the Buckeyes put on another show and Dorian gets to spend a good amount of time with other recruits.

GABuckeye's picture

Decision at the end of November + The Game at the end of November =last minute impression and better chances than before

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I'm sure the staff will be on a full court press in November...  The scUM game could be a monumental recruiting weekend for Urban Meyer and the staff.  Finish off the 2013 class then move on to the 2014 class.  Urban and the staff have had time to build strong relationships with the 2014 class, so I'm looking forward to how it starts and finishes... I could definitely see it as a top 2 class.

Boxley's picture

Just think with no bowl game to prep for they can launch fuly into recruiting for next year immediately after the game. It aslo, obviously means, that if we finish 12-0 it will make recruiting a whole lot easier too.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

ThatOhioStateGirl's picture

I'll make sure the shoe is rockin' for the M*chigan game!

Indomitable in victory, insufferable in defeat.

sir rickithda3rd's picture

i really wish this kid would see the light... hopefully the other commits will get to this kid... does pitt have any other high profile recruits coming in hes already built a relationship with?

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

avail31678's picture

I would really hope that our O-line continues to improve - even dominate - the way it has.  That would be the single best selling point, in my opinion - how much and how quickly Ed Warriner has turned this line around.  Although, didn't Pitt get Wisconsin's old O-line coach?  That can't hurt Pitt either...
Regardless, so far OSU is looking like a great place to be for upcoming O-linemen. 

bassplayer7770's picture

Yes, Pitt's new head coach (Chryst) was Wisky's O Line coach.

BUCKfutter's picture

somebody investigate mark may for recruiting violations. i get that it's close to home but pitt? really?

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

Grayskullsession's picture

This kid is hopelessly devoted to Pitt. Going to take something close to or an actual miracle to pull him away.

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

lljjgg's picture

That's the sense I've gotten, too. Reminds me of other recruits we've dealt with in the past who've already made up their mind. Sometimes you can budge them, but seems like it's rare.

OSU2002Grad's picture

"Wish this kid would see the light" "Hopelessly devoted"????
Come on people. Grow up. He's a smart, talented young man that was thrown into an unfortunate situation with Penn State. He's taking his time now and giving everyone consideration - including Ohio State. Relax and go play video games in your mom's basement or something.

ARMYBUCK's picture

I really like this kid and hope that he comes to OSU but I can certainly understand staying closer to home!  If Im not mistaken, and I may be, I thought he had issues getting to OSU originally because of financial issues and his family didnt have a car.  If thats the case I almost feel selfish wanting him to leave.  I just hope the kid makes the decision thats best for him and his family which very well could be Ohio State.  Good Luck to this young man whatever he decides!

LouGroza's picture

He is all Pitt unless something big happens to throw a wrench into it. That is where he wants to go from what I'm reading and he just wants to be absolutely sure. Be nice to land him but only if he is bought in 100% to being a Buckeye.

Et_Tu_OSU's picture

I think we're past the stage of taking kids that aren't 100% Buckeye.  If the kids come at this point, they know what they're getting into and what's expected...and by the end of the season, they'll see what happens for those who buy into being a Buckeye.  Let's get this kid...

"The revolution will be televised."

sidz-z's picture

I have to agree Charlotte, I think there will have to be a showergate at Pitt for him not to go there.

Good player's make the play's they're suppose to, great player's make the play's they're NOT !!!