Thompson Talks Purdue Pledge

Johnny Thompson has treated his recruitment like a business decision the whole way through – focusing on academics first – so it was no surprise that it was the same when he made his commitment to Purdue on Thursday.

After pulling the trigger to Purdue on Thursday, Winder (Ga.) Apalachee defensive end Johnny Thompson was at ease.

"I'm feeling good, really good about it," he said Friday. "It's a good academic school. When I got to take the visit, I got to see how the program was. Everything just wasn't about football, it was also about the academic part of it. I thought they did a good job presenting who they were.

"I liked them a lot better than any other school."

The future business major was sold after taking in the campus and how diligent the Boilermaker coaching staff was on him throughout the recruiting process. It would take more of a collected effort from another school to change things.

"We talk a lot on Facebook, they ask about the family not just me," said the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder of the Purdue staff. "All of the coaches have been involved. I talk to all the coaches, mainly Coach (Kevin) Maurice, and Coach (Danny) Hope.

"They want me to play outside linebacker, they want me to rush the passer as well."

The three-star prospect holds seven verbal offers and previously wanted to take official visits, so will the door remain open going forward?

Said Thompson, "I'm pretty comfortable. I might take visits, depending on which schools stay on me. But I'm solid to Purdue."

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