Johnson, Belle Vernon Poised For Big Season

Johnson, Belle Vernon Poised For Big Season

Belle Vernon head coach Aaron Krepps looks forward to the 2012 season, and also talks about how his lineman Dorian Johnson is handling his recruiting process. Johnson took an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh on Saturday to watch the team's first scrimmage of training camp.

With eight starters back on both sides of the ball, there's a lot to be excited about for Belle Vernon's 2012 season. While most outsiders might just look at the fact Krepps has a four-star offensive lineman in Dorian Johnson on the team as enough of a boost, Krepps says there's more than just Johnson to his team.

"We're obviously excited to get rolling," Krepps said. "We have experienced guys back on both sides. These guys have been through a lot of battles; on the offense and defense. The excitement helps with the tempo."

Johnson anchors the offensive line, but Krepps said that senior Colin Woss—a 6-3, 290-pound offensive lineman—as another key factor. Woss, Krepps says, has received FCS and MAC interest.

"We have two of the biggest tackle tandems you could imagine," Krepps said of Woss and Johnson.

As for Johnson, Krepps expects him to stay strictly at right tackle, and he will play full-time on both sides of the ball.

"We don't like to move him around," Krepps said of Johnson. "He's entrenched as the starting right tackle the last two years."

As for other things the 6-6, 285-pound Johnson brings.

"Experience," Krepps said. "He's going into the season already a three-year starter. He's a hard worker, and a dominant player at this level. There's a lot of things he brings to the table."

Most recently, Johnson re-opened his recruitment last week, decommitting from Penn State. Johnson even had the courage to call Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien himself, to deliver the tough news. Since then, Johnson has three schools he's focusing on—Pittsburgh, Ohio State and Virginia Tech. Krepps says there's no clear-cut favorite, and that his star tackle is simply looking to find where he feels the most comfort level. As for a time table on when he might make that decision, there is none.

"I don't believe there is any time table," Krepps added. "He is taking his time. Right now, his focus is on his team. He is a very selfless player. It is his senior season, and that is where his focus needs to be. There's plenty of time for when he becomes comfortable with another place."

Krepps also commented on how Johnson has handled all the attention—everything from coaches calling to several outlets wanting to interview him.

"He's very mature, the way he's handled the recruiting process from start to now," Krepps said. "Right now, it's Ohio State, Pitt and Virginia Tech. Those are the only three schools he's interested in communicating with."

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