Apopka (FL) Wekiva defensive lineman Dante Johnson has flipped from Purdue to NC State. Johnson announced his decision on Twitter and disclosed the news to Pack Pride Tuesday night.
"I let NC State know that I’m locking in my spot with them," Johnson said. "I talked to coach Doeren and coach Nielsen tonight, and I gave them the good news. They were ecstatic. They lost their minds and they were real happy. They are just real excited about me coming. Coach Doeren, coach Huxtable and coach Nielsen are coming to my home this Thursday. They’re just coming to visit and we can celebrate."
Johnson made the decision after visiting NC State over the weekend.
"I loved the visit," he said. "Everything was perfect. I went up there and I was wowed by the school. Not just the school but also the education. Everything at NC State, I was just wowed by it. I’m kinda glad I had a chance to go up there and check it out."
Johnson committed to Purdue last week and also held offers from Iowa State, Temple, and Central Florida among others. His recruitment stalled after he missed all of his junior season with a knee injury, but his senior film led to a flurry of late offers from several schools, including NC State.
"The fact that State started recruiting me late didn’t hurt at all," he stated. "It just told me that they were still willing to give me the opportunity to go to their school. I had some problems my junior year because I tore my ACL and that caused a lot of schools to back off.
"For them to get back in, I’m glad they did that for me."
Johnson played defensive end as a senior, but he's expected to play defensive tackle for the Wolfpack.
Pack Pride will have more on Johnson's decision in the near future so stay tuned!