Iowa State already has a very explosive offense in Matt Campbell’s first year in Ames. Putting up 42 points against a ranked Baylor football team and 31 points on Oklahoma State. Allen Lazard has been a huge factor for why the Cyclones have been very successful, so far this season he has 27 receptions for 383 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. However, Lazard is one of the top receivers listed in the upcoming NFL draft, so the staff has to start hitting the recruiting trail finding other receivers who can come and help fill the void in-case Lazard decides to go pro.
One of the prospects that will have a chance to come in and get a shot at early playing time is current Iowa State commit 2017 Maumelle, AR (Central Arkansas Christian) three-star WR Josh Johnson. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounders long wingspan will allow Iowa State to use him inside or outside, and he figures to be an integral piece to the future of the receiver position. He is expecting early playing time be the time summer rolls along and he is on campus, but the staff is already helping him improve his craft.
“I think my hard work will get me on the field early,” Johnson said about his game. “Just working hard in everything I do, especially the little things. The staff just wants me to continue keep doing what I'm doing. The little things is continuing to get bigger and become better a film study. I'll get playing time regardless if I go early or not.”
Johnson has been a huge part in what Iowa State has been able to so far on the recruiting trail. The fellow 2017 commit played a huge role in getting Kam White to choose the Cyclones. However, his new focus is now narrowed in on some targets down south like Quran Hafiz and K.J. Hamler.
“I’ve been recruiting a ton, I've been doing a lot of recruiting down south, since all the southern boys can relate to each other. Quran Hafiz, K.J. Hamler, Kam White, and the rest of 'em. I really talk to them everyday. How we can make ISU great again and a lot of them are gonna commit or they're gonna continue to stay solid.”
On September 3rd, Johnson took his second visit to Ames, Iowa since June 25th and his first official visit. During that visit, he continued to fall in love with the Cyclones offense, as well as the coaching staff. In addition, he checked out Iowa State’s Kinesiology program, as he plans to major in that program.
“I fell in love with the offense, the coaching staff and I felt at home. It was great! It was fun to get back around the guys I'll be playing with in the future. I had a chance to see the Kinesiology program, I thought it was extremely nice! The professor really cares for their students.”
Johnson will be heading back to Iowa State on Oct. 29th, when the Cyclones takes on Kansas State for the homecoming game. As a junior, Johnson caught 87 passes for 1,245 yards and eight touchdowns.