On paper, there should be absolutely no way that the Pittsburgh Panthers would out-recruit the Ohio State Buckeyes for 5-star offensive tackle Dorian Johnson.
Then again, not everything in the world of college football recruiting has always made sense on paper.
Believe it or not, according to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, Johnson still has Pitt on top of his interest list. But Ohio State is moving on up:
The touted Belle Vernon (Pa.) High standout says, “I think Pitt is still on top,” but it’s evident Ohio State remains right in the thick of things since he took his second visit to the Columbus campus on Oct. 6 for the Nebraska game.
“That visit moved them up a lot,” the 6-foot-6, 268-pound Johnson said.
What are the odds that Pittsburgh can out-recruit head coach Urban Meyer and the mighty Ohio State Buckeyes?
They shouldn't be that high, but that said, they are much higher than I ever thought they could be.
Odds Pitt Can Out-Recruit Ohio State: Small
In any other situation, I would give Pitt a slim-to-none chance at out-recruiting Meyer and the Buckeyes, but proximity really seems to come into play here. Remember, Johnson is from Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, which is just under an hour from the University of Pittsburgh. The fact that Pitt is still in the running at this point should indicate how serious of a contender they are as well.
At 6'6'', 268 pounds, Johnson is one of the more highly sought-after recruits in the 2013 class. He had offers from notable programs like Alabama, Virginia Tech, Michigan State and Notre Dame, amongst other schools. If Pitt can get the attention of a 5-star tackle over the likes of Alabama, than he must really be high on their program.
That said, in the end, the prospects of playing for Meyer at OSU should be too much.
I have a feeling that many people reading this will have to do a quick Google search to find out who Pittsburgh's head coach is (Paul Chryst). Meyer, on the other hand, is one of the best in the business, and he alone is a huge recruiting draw for OSU.
There are other factors that should play into Ohio State being able to get a commit from Johnson over Pitt.
While he'd be able to stay close to home at Pitt, Ohio State is only about three and a half hours away , so it's not like the trip is that daunting.
He'd also have the chance to play for one of the better coaches in the country and play for a program that appears poised to be a major factor in the Big Ten, and even nationally, for years to come. Pittsburgh just can't offer him the football opportunities that Ohio State can, and that will be its downfall in this recruiting battle.
Pittsburgh has put up an admirable fight against OSU, but in the end, the odds of the team out-recruiting the college football powerhouse are small.