Iowa Interested in Johnson

Garrett Johnson added his fourth scholarship offer on Saturday when Bowling Green came forward with an opportunity. The Illinois tight end is hearing from other schools as well, including Iowa, which recently visited him and followed it up with a phone call.

Some tight ends are known for blocking. Other players at the position make a name as receivers. Garrett Johnson hopes to avoid being placed in either category.

"I feel like I can do a lot of different things well," he said. "If you look at a lot of tight ends, they're either going to be good at blocking or catching the ball. I feel like I can do both at a high level. I think that's pretty rare."

Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan saw enough in Johnson to offer a scholarship. Bigger programs have shown him interest.

"I definitely just want to see what presents itself offers wise," Johnson said. "From there, I guess every player's dream is to go into the NFL. You have to have a back-up plan, obviously. Not everybody is going to make it.

"I just want to be able to get a good education from my football abilities and be able to do something with it after my career is done."

Iowa stopped by St. Charles (IL) North High last week to see Johnson. Assistant Jim Reid said he would call the tight end on Monday and did.

"We spoke for about 20 minutes," Johnson said. "He said that he was interested in me at the tight end spot. He said he was going to send their offensive line coach (Brian Ferentz) to evaluate me and see what he thinks and kind of go from there."

Johnson plans to camp at Iowa on June 10. He'll attend other workouts at Illinois (June 2), Northern Illinois (June 12), Purdue (June 14) and Harvard (June 28).

Johnson took in the spring game at Ball State and dropped in on Eastern and Central Michigan this weekend.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Johnson reports running the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds. He's leaning towards a business major in college.

"I definitely want a great fan base," Johnson said. "I think what comes with that is that you have to have a lot of students. I'm looking for, maybe not a huge school, but just something over 10,000,

"Other than that, I want a coaching staff that gets along well with each other. I just want to feel at home."

It's a decision Johnson hopes to not drag out.

"I definitely don't want it to be something I'm thinking about during the season," he said. "I want to have where I'm going already done. I want to be able to focus on the season at hand. I'm hoping to decide right around after I finish with my camps. That's probably when the offers will stop coming in."

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