After 19 seasons on the job as an assistant for the Penn State Nittany Lions, it was announced on Monday that defensive line coach Larry Johnson would not be returning for a 20th year in Happy Valley in the wake of the hiring of new head coach James Franklin.
However, according to a report from SI’s Pete Thamel, Johnson won’t be out of a job long, and not only is he staying in the Big Ten, but he’s reportedly close to being headed to the perennial power in the Ohio State Buckeyes.
SOURCE: Ohio State close to finalizing a deal with longtime Penn State assistant Larry Johnson. http://t.co/E9zOC9CkmG
— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) January 14, 2014
This would be a huge grab for the Ohio State football program not just because Johnson is an outstanding coach, but he’s also considered one of the better recruiters in the country as well.
Pairing Johnson up with Urban Meyer is a dangerous combination, and one that would be really tough to deal with on the recruiting trail.
If anything, it just got more interesting now to watch Franklin recruit against Ohio State with the inclusion of Johnson to the Buckeyes staff.