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Pitt Scores Five-Star Johnson

Belle Vernon (Pa.) High five-star offensive tackle Dorian Johnson committed to Pittsburgh during his official visit to the Panthers campus.

Johnson confirmed the news with 247Sports via text.

The 6-foot-6, 268-pound Johnson chose Pittsburgh over his other two finalists Ohio State and Virginia Tech. He was scheduled to visit the Buckeyes campus this coming Saturday for the Michigan game and then take an official to Columbus the weekend of Dec. 7. Johnson also confirmed he canceled those trips.

"I wanted to play for the hometown team," Johnson said. "Be in a place that's rebuilding and play ASAP."

Johnson is ranked by 247Sports as the nation's No. 2 offensive tackle and No. 10 prospect overall.

A one-time Penn State commit, Johnson was also offered by schools such as Alabama, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. He is the 19th pledge for the Panthers in the class-of-2013.

"I think that if we keep on getting some of the kids from around here and all develop good relationships with one another and the coaching staff, we're going to have some pretty amazing teams," Johnson said.

Johnson wasn't the only in-state five-star to visit over the weekend as Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley receiver Robert Foster was also on campus.

"I talked to him this weekend but I couldn't really tell," Johnson said when asked if the thought Foster would ultimately join him in this Panthers recruiting class.

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