FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Even after a coaching change, Purdue made Lawrence Johnson a priority. Not long after that, Snider defensive lineman made the Boilermakers his commitment.
Johnson decided to continue his athletic career in West Lafayette on Thursday.
In 2016 he was a force on the Panthers defense. Johnson made 43 tackles – including 11 tackles for loss – to go along with 8 sacks and 2 forces fumbles. He was selected to the Associated Press 5A All-State honorable mention as a junior. Johnson helped lead Snider to the SAC title and a trip to 5A semi-state.
Purdue hired new head coach Jeff Brohm on December 5th and reached out to Johnson just a few days later. Johnson says assistant coach JaMarcus Shephard of Purdue helped win him over. Shephard played high school football at Northrop & the Bruins share Spuller Stadium with the Snider Panthers.