The Pickerington High School Central football team is getting a boost as it works to defend its Division I state championship.

Karter Johnson, a second-team all-district selection last fall for Gahanna who is considered a three-star recruit by as a defensive tackle, enrolled at Central just before Christmas and began attending the school Jan. 9.

“My family moved to the Pickerington area,” Johnson said. “I will miss playing for my coaches and with my teammates from Gahanna.”

Johnson, who had 15.5 tackles for loss and was first-team all-OCC-Ohio Division last fall, has seven Football Bowl Subdivision offers, including from Cincinnati and West Virginia.

He’ll join junior DeWayne Carter, also a second-team all-district selection last fall, on what should be one of central Ohio’s best defensive lines. Carter is a three-star prospect who has more than a dozen FBS offers and also projects as a defensive tackle in college.

“It will be very fun to play alongside another top-tier defensive tackle,” Johnson said.