Lawrence Johnson is going to be a Boilermaker.
The Snider senior-to-be made his college decision known on Thursday evening, picking Purdue over a wealth of offers from MAC schools.
Johnson is one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the state in the Class of 2018. As a junior, the 6-foot-4, 300-pound beast amassed 51 tackles, six tackles for loss and four sacks as a key cog in a talented Panthers front line that also featured junior Zach McDowell and senior Will Johnson, Lawrence's older brother.
Lawrence says that Purdue is projecting him as an interior defensive lineman, but a player with the skill set to move outside on occasion.
As for why now for Purdue?
"I like what they have going on there," Johnson said. "Everything is fresh and new (under first-year coach Jeff Brohm). I just like how they are turning things around and how people think about Boilermaker football."
Johnson currently sits at eight scholarship offers, with Purdue being the lone non-MAC offer. BallState, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan, among others, had challenged for Johnson's services.
Johnson has yet to be to West Lafayette for a home football game, although he did attend a men's basketball game during a visit. He plans on checking out the Boilermakers as much as possible this fall while also putting together a solid senior campaign at Snider.
"Last year, my goal was to play better than I did the previous season, and I did that," Johnson said. "This year, I have that same goal but I want to make the players around me better."
Johnson is rated a three-star prospect by 247sports.com, a national recruiting service.
With Johnson's verbal, Purdue's recruiting class for the 2018 cycle now stands at 11 players and is ranked No. 11 out of 14 teams in the Big 10 by 247sports.