Iowa State called to offer Garden City C.C. (Kan.) cornerback Lonnie Johnson on Wednesday night and picked up a commitment in the process.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound cornerback, who is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 91 JUCO prospect in the 2016 class, held offers from the likes of New Mexico, Toledo, Middle Tennessee State, South Alabama and Arkansas State among others before Iowa State joined the mix Wednesday.
“I was waiting really with Coach [Matt] Campbell because he’s a really good coach and I already know what he’s got planned,” Johnson said of his decision to suddenly commit. “He’s about to turn Iowa State around.”
Campbell and his Toledo staff recruited Johnson out of West Side High School in Gary, Indiana, before he went the JUCO route. Rated as the No. 71 cornerback in the 2014 class, Johnson committed to Ohio State over offers from Missouri, Kentucky and others for the duration of his senior season before ultimately flipping to Western Michigan.
He ultimately just missed the cut and went the JUCO route.
“Out of high school I just missed it. I just missed qualifying,” Johnson said of his situation. “I had to take the JUCO route, went to California, it got too expensive out there and then I went to Garden City.”
After spending time at San Bernardino Valley College (Calif.), Johnson transferred to Garden City because of costs. As a sophomore there, he appeared in 11 games in 2015 recording 36 tackles while intercepting five passes.
The highly ranked JUCO prospect, who will visit Ames the weekend of Jan. 15, will graduate in the spring or summer and will then arrive at Iowa State shortly after with three years to play two. He's expected to make an immediate impact.
“I know for a fact that I’m playing DB there because that’s what I want to do and I feel like I can get to the NFL very quick that way,” Johnson said. “I just feel like I trust Coach Campbell, so I know what he did at Toledo was amazing, so therefore I feel that he’s going to do the same thing there.”