Oct 12, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions defensive line coach Larry Johnson during the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Michigan 43-40 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Report: Ohio State close to finalizing deal with former Penn State assistant Larry Johnson

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.

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.

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