Freshmen step it up in the secondary

Steve Johnson is the first of what Iowa State hopes to be many players from Montbello High School in Denver, Colo.


Johnson, a 6-foot, 185 pound defensive back, signed with the Cyclones last February and is already making an impact on the field.


Johnson arrived in Ames shortly before camp began and said the transition from high school to college has been smooth.


"It's been real good," Johnson said. "In high school the players seem like they might not care, but everybody here cares and we've all been working hard."


Johnson's hard work has him cracking the ISU two-deeps and also playing some nickel for the Cyclones.


At Montbello Johnson was a second-team all-state selection by the Rocky Mountain News in class 5A and an honorable mention all-state pick by the Denver Post. He had four interceptions his senior year and 13 for his high school career. Three of those picks he ran back for scores.


In Johnson's final season he played only cornerback, but the previous years he split time at safety and wide receiver.


"I just try to get better at everything really," he said. "All of us push each other because we're all out there working as hard as we can."


Iowa State already has offers to a couple of Johnson's former teammates at Montbello – Greg Banks, R.J. Sanders and Victor York. Johnson said next time he goes home he'll try to help out the Cyclones by telling them about his experiences at Iowa State.


"When I go back to visit I'll talk to the people they're trying to get," Johnson said. "I'll talk to them and see but it's really up to them."



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