JUCO defender chooses the Jayhawks

Council Bluffs (Iowa) Iowa Western C.C. recently won the NJCAA National Championship in dominating fashion. It is no surprise as the Reivers have more than their fair share of prospects.

Isaiah Johnson chose Kansas after officially visiting this past weekend.

One of the stalwarts of the defense is safety Isaiah Johnson. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound three-star prospect saw several offers come in throughout his first season at the junior college ranks and, after a weekend official visit, he made his college pledge.

“I committed to Kansas just a bit ago,” Johnson said early Tuesday afternoon. “I called my recruiter, coach (Buddy) Wyatt, and told him I wanted to be a Jayhawk.

“Then I got a chance to talk to the head coach, Charlie Weis. They were all really excited that I was going to come there. They think I can play early and make an impact for them.”

Johnson enjoyed his official visit to Lawrence over the weekend.

“My host was another safety, Dexter Linton. We hung out and I got a chance to meet a lot of the players and they were all cool. I liked the town and everything and I really just saw myself there.”

Some other factors also went into the decision.

“First of all, there’s an opportunity there to come in and earn playing time,” Johnson said. “Nobody is going to just hand it to me but there is that opportunity, which is all I can ask for.

“I also really like the coaching staff. They know what they’re doing and have a lot of experience. My position coach, coach Dave Campo, he was the head coach of the Cowboys so he knows what it takes to get to the next level.”

Johnson will graduate in May and will have four years to play three after receiving a medical redshirt last year. In helping Iowa Western to the national championship this season tallied 39 tackles, eight interceptions, 2.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery he returned for a touchdown.

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