Johnson Picks Iowa State

The good times just keep rolling for Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads. Less than 24 hours after winning the Insight Bowl, Rhoads received a phone call from Deland (FL) High School running back Shontrelle Johnson telling him that he wanted to play for Iowa State. Cyclone Sports Report goes one-on-one with the newest member of the 2010 recruiting class.

Cyclone Sports Report: How did you go about committing to Iowa State today?

Shontrelle Johnson: I called Coach Pope and talked to him early today and then he put Coach Rhoads on and he got real excited. He told me that 2010 was already a great year because he was getting to celebrate the bowl win and now he was able to finalize my commitment.

Cyclone Sports Report: What led to your commitment to Iowa State today?

Shontrelle Johnson: I just knew it was time to end things and Iowa State has been with me since day one and I just really liked everything they had to offer. They came down to see me a bunch in the last year and they even had their head coach (Paul Rhoads)come to see one of my games which really meant a lot. They feel I can become an impact player for their offense so I'm really excited to play for them.

Cyclone Sports Report: How important was your visit back in November?

Shontrelle Johnson: I had a great time and the whole time I was there I felt a sense of home and everyone was just good, genuine people. I also got along with all the players which was also a big factor.

Cyclone Sports Report: Iowa State has a lot of players from the state of Florida. Was that a big factor for you?

Shontrelle Johnson: Yeah, they have a group of them that call themselves the Florida Boys and they showed me a lot of love. I got to hang out with them a lot and they all welcomed me right in from the start.

Cyclone Sports Report: What is your relationship like with Coach Rhoads?

Shontrelle Johnson: Coach Rhoads and I got a good bond going and on my visit I got to spend a lot of time with him and we really hit it off. He really feels that I'll be a big playmaker for their offense and he showed that to me by taking the time to come down to see my playoff game.

Cyclone Sports Report: What does he like most about your game?

Shontrelle Johnson: He told me that he feels that I'm a quick scatback that can make people miss which will fit perfectly into their spread offense.

Cyclone Sports Report: Iowa State only won two game a year ago. How impressed are you with what Coach Rhoads did in just one year of leading the program?

Shontrelle Johnson: He has got this program on a tremendous turnaround and he's just a good guy and is doing a great job of recruiting a lot of talent. He's got a great plan and he is putting it into action.

Cyclone Sports Report: What were the other main schools that you were looking at before deciding to commit to Iowa State?

Shontrelle Johnson: Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Kentucky, Memphis, Vanderbilt, and USF.

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