Jaleel Johnson sits on the brink of the biggest decision in his life. The 2012 football standout from Chicago is choosing where to go to college.
The Montini Catholic (Lombard, IL) defensive tackle took another step in completing his process with an official visit to Iowa this weekend.
"I loved it at Iowa," the 6-foot-3, 290-pounder said. "The thing that stood out the most was how great of a coaching staff they have over there at Iowa."
Johnson verbally committed to the Hawkeyes at the beginning of July. Scout.com's 20th-ranked defensive tackle in the country for '12 began to have second thoughts the last few weeks as players began transferring out of the program.
"They didn't have to tell me much," Johnson said about what he wanted to hear on his trip to Iowa. "It just came down to how I really felt being there on campus and how I felt with the other players. I guess it came down to my comfort level while being on campus."
Despite the positive, enjoyable visit to Iowa, Johnson still is considering a trip to Michigan State next weekend. He's sees himself as a soft verbal commitment for the Hawkeyes.
"I did't cancel my visit to Michigan State," Johnson said. "I still have some things to think about."
Johnson said the Iowa coaches did not tell him they would pull his scholarship offer if he chose to visit East Lansing.
True freshman tackle Darian Cooper played host to Johnson this weekend. The duo could end up playing a big role in the middle of Iowa's four-three defense going forward.
"Basically, what (the Iowa coaches) told me was I have an opportunity to play as a freshman but I have to work for it," Johnson said. "That's what I'm going to do."