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Still No Word on Johnson/Illini

Still no word on ace Washington-area recruiter Larry Johnson will leave Penn State for Illinois. Which leads one to believe something must be going on behind the scenes, because you have to think that before bringing Johnson in for an interview Illinois knew what it would take to get Johnson to leave State College: most likely more money and the defensive coordinator job. And Johnson probably knew the parameters ahead of time.

So what's the most likely delay in making a decision public? (Rest assured, it will be made public as soon as it is a done deal to either keep Penn State recruits in place or try to lure new recruits to Illinois.) The guess here is that Johnson and Penn State are in discussions to keep him in State College, with some sort of improvement to his current deal - either more money, a better job title or promises down the road.

In the meantime, Johnson is a hot topic in the Washington area, where eight high school seniors have committed to play for Penn State in the fall. Said one high school coach who has a player committed to the Nittany Lions: "I don't think he would want to go to Penn State if Larry's not there. He told one of the kids he was interviewing but not going anywhere. But you don't interview if you're not considering a job."

By Josh Barr  | January 14, 2009; 1:58 PM ET
Categories:  Football  | Tags:  Larry Johnson  
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Comments

If it hurts Maryland football recruiting - I am all for it.

Maryland will finish with a 2-10 record in 2009.

Go Tar Heels

Posted by: hclark1 | January 14, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

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