PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – According to Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Pete Thamel, Penn State’s top recruiter, Larry Johnson Sr., is close to leaving Happy Valley after spending the last 19 seasons there as an assistant coach and serving as one of the team’s top recruiters.

Thamel mentions that on top of being a top recruiter on the East Coast, Johnson has also established himself as an elite developer of defensive lineman, having several players he coached selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

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The biggest loss for Penn State though is surely in the recruiting department where, according to Thamel’s report, Johnson will take his knowledge of this area to one of Penn State’s biggest conference rivals in Ohio State.

Johnson was the interim head coach at Penn State bridging the gap between previous head coach Bill O’Brien and current head coach James Franklin.  According to reports, Johnson was offered to keep his previous position as defensive line coach at Penn State but elected to leave the university.

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Johnson surely won’t be the only change at Penn State as new head coach James Franklin begins assembling his staff.

For more information on the James Franklin regime at Penn State, 93-7 The FAN Host and featured columnist wrote about the hire saying Penn State better be sure they got it right.

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