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Purdue pulls one from the Peach State

Defensive end Johnny Thompson (Winder, Ga./Apalachee) has pledged to sign with Big Ten program Purdue, multiple sources report.

Charlotte, Colorado State, Ohio, Syracuse and Wake Forest also offered the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder. Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Penn State and Virginia Tech showed interest.

Prior to his junior year, Thompson posted a 5.12 40-yard dash, 4.84 20-yard shuttle and 32.8-inch vertical on the combine circuit.

The Boilermakers now have 10 verbals.