Penn State Loses Top Recruit Dorian Johnson

Dorian Johnson, a four-star offensive tackle out of Belle Vernon High (Penn.), informed Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien on Tuesday that he's decided to reopen his recruitment, reports Jeremy Sellew of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Johnson, who affirmed his commitment last month through his high school coach, told the paper that he's now interested in Pittsburgh, Ohio State and Virginia Tech. His decision is a tough blow for the Nittany Lions, who have now lost five members of their Class of 2013 as well as nine transfers since the NCAA announced sanctions against the program.

Will Fuller, a three-star wide receiver from Philadelphia, decommitted from PSU in favor of Notre Dame last weekend, while Zach Bradshaw, a three-star outside linebacker recruit from Maryland, reopened his recruitment earlier Tuesday. But Johnson's decision hurts the most, as he was the team's third-highest rated recruit. Penn State's Class of 2013 now stands at just nine players.

For more on Nittany Lions football, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire, SB Nation Pittsburgh and SB Nation Philly.

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