Defensive tackle PJ Johnson, a breakout star for Arizona in 2018, has decided to enter the NFL draft.

Johnson is the father of two young children. In a tweet posted Wednesday morning, Johnson wrote: “My kids are my biggest driving force, and I must do what is best for them.”

Johnson played one season at Arizona after transferring from City College of San Francisco. He produced 31 tackles – including 8.5 for losses, second most on the team – in 10 games. He tied for third on the team with three sacks. Johnson also registered two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and a safety.

It’s unclear whether Johnson will be drafted, but at 6-foot-4 and 335 pounds, he has the size to play in the NFL.

The Wildcats also lose senior defensive tackle Dereck Boles, leaving a huge hole in the middle of their defense.

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