SIGNED: DE Dante Johnson

Apopka (FL) Wekiva defensive lineman Dante Johnson has signed his letter of intent with NC State.

Projected Position At NC State: Defensive End

Accolades: Johnson finished with 104 tackles, 36 tackles for loss, and 16 sacks. A team captain as a senior, he suffered a torn ACL during his junior season. Johnson was named FACA all-district first-team.  An All-Central Florida second-team selection as a senior, Johnson was also named to the Orlando Sentinel's Super 60 team. He plans to major in sports management.

Commit Date: 1-25-2017

Recruiting Scene: Johnson missed all of his junior season due to a torn ACL and that really impacted his recruiting. He landed offers from Central Florida, Western Kentucky and Temple among others but Purdue put on the full court press and landed a commitment from Johnson after his official visit. Just a few days later NC State offered and Brown scheduled an impromptu official visit to Raleigh. He fell in love with the school and area and a couple of days after leaving Raleigh, announced that he was switching his commitment to the Wolfpack.

Why NC State? "I loved the visit.  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."

Picked NC State Over: Purdue, Central Florida, And Temple Among Others

Scouting Report: Johnson showed no ill effects in 2016 from a torn ACL suffered prior to his junior season. At 6-4, 250 pounds he has a tremendous frame and length. He starred as a defensive end at Wekiva and his quickness, explosiveness and ability to track down ball carriers jumps out at you on film. Johnson runs extremely well for his size and I love his pad level when he attacks the line of scrimmage. He was definitely an underrated recruit based on his senior season production.- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams

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