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Pitt Picks Up Commitment From SEC Transfer DT Anthony Johnson

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Pitt defensive tackle commit Anthony Johnson.

Pitt has added to the defensive line this spring, in the form of Nebraska transfer Chief Borders, but the defensive tackles have remained untouched until now.

Anthony Johnson — a 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle who played at Youngstown State but flipped to Illinois for most of the spring season and eventually flipped to Mississippi State — has committed to Pitt, he announced via social media.

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Johnson has seemingly capped off his recruiting process, flipping from Youngstown State to Illinois to Mississippi State to Pitt.

“H2P! 412!” Johnson wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter) in response to Pat Narduzzi’s latest Pat Signal.

Johnson initially committed to Bowling Green out of high school. But even then he spent his junior season at Jeannette High in Jeannette, Pa. before moving to Cleveland Heights in Cleveland, Ohio. He spent one season at Bowling Green before transferring to Youngstown State.

Johnson spent four seasons at Youngstown State, racking up 45 tackles (19 solo), nine tackles for loss, five sacks and a fumble recovery, but he broke out as a senior last season.

In 13 games last season, he recorded 25 tackles (10 solo), 6.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and a fumble recovery.

He decided to leave Youngstown in December, and while he spent time at Illinois and Mississippi State, he received offers from Arkansas (twice), Georgia Tech, Houston, Illinois, Kansas State, Memphis, Michigan State (twice), Mississippi State, Pitt (twice), Rutgers, SMU, Texas A&M, UAB, Wisconsin in his recruiting process.

Johnson initially set a final four of Arkansas, Michigan State, Mississippi State and Pitt following his decommitment from Illinois. And he chose the Bulldogs. But obviously, he isn’t going to be a Bulldog.

Johnson provides much-needed depth on the defensive line, likely slotting in as a starting tackle — working in a rotation with a couple of returners.

It isn’t easy to replace 90% of snaps from any unit. But at the same time, change was needed on the interior of the defensive line. The unit didn’t make splash plays and didn’t stop the run. It was missing twitch and quickness.

By all accounts, the new defensive tackles aren’t. Nahki Johnson and Sean FitzSimmons are leading the way, and Nick James, Isaiah Neal and Elliot Donald will rotate. Pitt likes to rotate on the interior, even if someone like Calijah Kancey is on the roster, and that isn’t going to change when there isn’t someone like him around. It’s about finding the right combination now.

Even young players like Francis Brewu and Jahsear Whittington could be in the mix entering the season, despite their newness.

Pitt has picked up commitments from Johnson, Kentucky transfer Jaremiah Anglin Jr. and Nebraska transfer Chief Borders this spring — hitting positions of need across the board.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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srs28704
srs28704
23 days ago

Dude has as much schooling variety as actor James Franco. Did Dior Johnson negotiate his NIL activity?

Columbus Panther
Columbus Panther
23 days ago
Reply to  srs28704

Why was Dior the first person that popped in my head as well.

BTW I’m not sure he actually qualifies as a SEC transfer. Never played a down.

J D
J D
23 days ago

Maybe he held a girl captive at Youngstown? Only way Dior fits…

J D
J D
23 days ago

*MVC transfer

Menotyou
Menotyou
23 days ago

SEC xfer? You lost some credibility with that.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
23 days ago

this is hilarious

Menotyou
Menotyou
23 days ago

Hey, did you catch that Ped State news today? You must be proud huh? Instead of banging kids now they’re gonna get em permanently injured for a Win. I bet you’re not embarassed to support that weasel. Come on defend him.

srs28704
srs28704
22 days ago
Reply to  Menotyou

If PSU Coach was treating Staffers like that in 2018 and 2019, hard to tell how nasty he har been in 2020 during a losing season with Covid.

Menotyou
Menotyou
22 days ago
Reply to  srs28704

I could see his character his last season at Vandy. He chewed an O lineman for jumping offside which was actually a phantom call but he didn’t know that at the time. Then he looks right into the camera across the field and goes back to the kid and chews him again for the camera. He is a weasel just like this troll.

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