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June 24, 2012

Lions add another

Bill O'Brien and the Penn State coaching staff picked up their 12th verbal commitment for the class of 2013 Sunday night.

Dorian Johnson, a four-star offensive lineman from Belle Vernon, Pa., made the call after talking it over with his family and visiting Penn State's campus this weekend.

"I talked to Coach London for a little bit, but I didn't tell him I committed," Johnson said. "After we talked, he put me on the phone with Coach O'Brien and that's when I told him I wanted to to come to Penn State. They (coaches) were real excited about everything."

The 6-foot-6, 280 pound offensive lineman is a Rivals250 member for the class of 2013, checking in at No. 233 overall nationally, is the No. 23-overall offensive tackle, and is considered the seventh-best prospect in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Johnson chose the Nittany Lions over other verbal scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Virginia and Wisconsin.

"I've been thinking about this for the past week and a half now," he said. "I thought about it the whole ride home yesterday and really, the education there, the football tradition, the campus, everything just felt right.

"I was comfortable with the coaches, comfortable with the entire program and the way things are headed. Penn State is a big time football school, so all of those things factored into it."

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