St. Augustine Prep senior lineman Austin Johnson verbally committed in June to play football at Penn State next year.

The fact that coach Joe Paterno won't be there due to a sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky hasn't effected Johnson's commitment - for now.

"It's not going to change anything," Johnson said in a phone interview Wednesday after Paterno said he would retire, but before he was fired. "The biggest concern that I have is if some of the other coaches leave. Right now, I'm just waiting it out. It's something I have no control over. We'll wait and see what happens and go from there."

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Johnson, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive and defensive tackle, said the opportunity to play for Patero did add to the draw of Penn State when he committed.

"It would be great to play for coach Paterno. He's a legend," Johnson said. "But the main thing I went there for was because I liked the defensive-line coach (Larry Johnson Sr.) a lot."

Johnson said when he committed that he also had scholarship offers from Syracuse, Rutgers, Boston College, Villanova and Tulane.

He said Wednesday that he has started thinking about what he would do if the whole coaching staff is overhauled, but he didn't want to talk about it yet.

"Yeah, we have (thought about it)," Johnson said. "I'm not really sure. Hopefully it doesn't happen."

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