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Three-star wide receiver Denver Johnson recaps the highlights of his Iowa State visit and chimes in on his commitment status with Tulsa

Three-star Casady (OK) wide receiver Denver Johnson first wants to make something clear.

"I'm still committed to Tulsa," Johnson told AllCyclones.com on Sunday while driving home from a weekend Junior Day at Iowa State, which offered him earlier in the month.

Casady's mascot is the Cyclones. When Johnson was asked if he could see himself being an Iowa State Cyclone at the next level, he coyly said, "Anything is possible."

"I'm gonna take a step back and relax," he said. "I have a tough decision but I don't have a tough decision to make the next few days."

Two days after committing to Tulsa, Johnson received word from the ISU staff that they wanted to offer him. The staff valued his size (6-foot-2, 212 pounds) and his 2013 production (39 catches, 506 yards, five touchdowns), Mark Mangino said, and hoped to get him in for a visit.

Johnson was unable to be at ISU's camp Friday but attended the Cyclones' Elite Junior Day with a handful of top prospects.

"It was amazing, very impressive," he said. "I liked everything."

Iowa State's Bergstrom Football Complex stood out to Johnson, who raved about the state-of-the-art facilities and workout room.

For someone who's seen Oklahoma and Oklahoma State's digs, Johnson delivered some high praise.

"I've seen both of those and I like Iowa State the best," he said. "It's new and they have things NFL teams don't even have. I can't remember the name of the machine but machines NFL teams have just one of, Iowa State has five of them."

Johnson and his mother also saw the rest of campus and sat in on academic meetings with ISU tutors.

The highlight of the weekend was time spent with Cyclones star wideout Quenton Bundrage, rising sophomore wideout P.J. Harris and incoming freshman Martinez Syria, a running back.

"The players were really nice they treated me like family. They were all good guys and I got to hang out with them afterward, too," Johnson said. " I met them all but the ones I was closest with were Martinez, Quenton and P.J. Quenton talked to me about how cool [receivers coach] Tommy Mangino is and the relationship they've developed. I sat in with Tommy Mangino, P.J., Quenton and my mom in the receiving room and we talked a little football, a little life and they answered all my questions."

Johnson doesn't expect to do any more camps or visits this summer, shifting his focus to the upcoming season. He hopes to maintain his weight while adding strength and drop from a 4.59 to a 4.55 40-yard-dash.

"From now I'm focused on summer workouts and football," he said.


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