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In its most important recruiting weekend of the season, Pitt used a bye to say hello to three top WPIAL targets who were making official visits: receivers Tyler Boyd of Clairton and Robert Foster of Central Valley and offensive tackle Dorian Johnson of Belle Vernon.

The star of the Class of 2012, Panthers freshman tailback Rushel Shell promised to sell Pitt to WPIAL recruits, and saw a vision of being surrounded by Western Pennsylvania talent with that trio and classmates in tight end J.P. Holtz (Shaler) and tackle Adam Bisnowaty (Fox Chapel).  

Dorian Johnson’s commitment to Pitt Sunday night made it a success, especially since he already canceled a scheduled visit to Ohio State for the Michigan game. A four-star recruit rated the nation’s No. 2 tackle prospect by ESPN’s Scouts, Inc., Johnson is Pitt’s fifth WPIAL recruit from the Class of 2013 and the seventh from Western Pennsylvania.

Johnson joins a class that includes South Fayette receiver Zach Challingsworth, Clairton cornerback Titus Howard, Seton-La Salle tight end Scott Orndoff and Gateway fullback/H-back Jaymar Parrish, along with Milford Academy defensive tackle Tyrique Jarrett and McDowell defensive end James Conner. 

Now, here’s where it gets interesting.

I wrote a column about Johnson and Foster sharing the same field, sort of, when Belle Vernon played Central Valley in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. Before that game, Johnson said he could have seen them as future teammates, “if it’s Pitt.”

If you’re reading between the lines, it sounds like Johnson didn’t believe Foster was seriously considering Ohio State even though the Buckeyes were one of Foster’s three finalists. If you follow Foster on Twitter and saw this tweet, it appears he is down to Pitt and Alabama. 

My mamma likes PITT n my daddy likes BAMA but the best thing about it they both said they will b there no matter wat ILOVEMYPARENTS



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