Galloway Township resident and St. Augustine Prep graduate Austin Johnson, a Penn State junior, announced that he will forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

The 6-4, 325 pound Johnson is a run-stuffing defensive tackle who chews up blockers, and has flashed quickness, power and overall agility making him a possible first or second round pick.

Johnson, made the announcement via twitter after the Nittany Lions TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Georgia. A defensive tackle, Johnson compiled 70 tackles, 13 for a loss, and 5.5 sacks during his junior campaign.

During his tenure in Happy Valley,  Johnson has 119 tackles and 6.5 sacks over the past two seasons.

If Johnson is to be selected he would join Jack Crawford of the Dallas Cowboys as St. Augustine Prep Hermits that are currently playing in the NFL, Crawford also played at Penn State after graduating from the Richland school.

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg also announced that he is leaving school early for the NFL. In three seasons, Hackenberg passed for 8,457 yards, 48 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He started every game while at Penn State, compiling a 21-17 record.


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