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Ohio State Coach Larry Johnson Dispels Retirement Rumors

An exterior view of the Ohio State football stadium.

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans tailgate in a parking lot outside Ohio Stadium before their game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson is known as one of college football's best recruiters, and he says he's not going anywhere.

For a few weeks, rumors have swirled that Larry Johnson might want to retire soon. Johnson is in his mid-60s, and has been coaching college football since 1996, spending the bulk of his career at Penn State before moving on to Ohio State ahead of the 2014 season.

It wouldn't be too shocking for Johnson to consider retirement at this point. However, that doesn't appear to be the case.

Johnson took to Twitter to dispel the rumors this afternoon.

That's good news for the Buckeyes less than a week away from the early signing day, which appears to be overtaking the February date as the main one for recruits to solidify their decisions. 247Sports credits Johnson with the commitments of five-star defensive tackle Taron Vincent, and four-star defensive tackle Tommy Togiai, who made his pledge to the Buckeyes earlier this week.

If anything, Ohio State's defensive staff could be getting more formidable. There are reports that Urban Meyer could add Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch as on-field coaching staffs are set to grow to 10 coaches on January 9. Grinch is one of the top young defensive coaches in the game and a potential head coaching candidate in the coming years, and was being looked at by some SEC programs with new head coaches.