Johnson Talks Iowa State Offer

One of the top JUCO defensive tackles picked up an Iowa State offer this spring and could visit next season.

Fort Scott C.C. defensive tackle Alexis Johnson is considered one of the top junior college defensive tackles, and while he has an end date in mind to eventually pick from his list of offers, his recruitment is just progressing.

Johnson holds offers from Cincinnati, Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville and Iowa State as well as a few others. The Cyclones’ interest picked up during the spring evaluation period when receivers coach Tommy Mangino stopped in.

“I’ve been talking to them for about two months now,” Johnson said. “They came out and watched me in spring ball. They’ve been telling me it’s a good fit playing in the Big 12 and everything like that and I’ll come in right away and play.”

Iowa State has been big on JUCO defensive linemen recently, adding two in the 2015 class. The Cyclones see Johnson, who is 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, as another key asset that could contribute from Day 1.

Johnson, who is set to be a mid-year transfer, is aiming to decide Nov. 4.

First, though, Johnson will take a handful of visits in the coming months. Those trips will begin immediately and go through his second season at Fort Scott C.C.

“I’m setting some visits right now,” Johnson said. “I’m going to start taking some visits in a week. I can’t say what the first school will be yet, but I’m going to start taking some visits this week. I’m going to take a couple visits this summer. I’m going to take two or three after the season.”

An Iowa State visit isn’t likely this summer.

“I’ll probably take that one after the season,” Johnson said.

Johnson is also drawing interest from Tennessee, Miami and Georgia among others. He has several focal points for ultimately making his decision in early November.

“I’m just trying to figure out what the best fit is for me,” Johnson said of his decision. “How many players they get in the pros, playing time and coaching relationship and everything like that.”

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