Iowa Sits Well with Johnson

Iowa brought in three tight ends in the 2011 Class, but that hasn't stopped the Hawkeyes from aiming high at the position in the next recruiting group. They've offered Minnesota Standout Will Johnson and he likes the program.

Will Johnson is big and getting bigger. Some people believe he will outgrow the tight end position in college.

"I hear that a lot," the 6-foot-7, 245-pound Minnesota native said. "I've been told by coaches that they could see me staying at tight end or moving to the offensive or defensive line. Some of them think I have the footwork and agility to be really good up front.

"I'm really just looking to get a chance to show what I can do at tight end at the school that fits me best. If it ends up I move because it's better for me and the team, I'd be willing to do that. I just want to play football."

While his future position may be up in the air, plenty of big time programs see him as a player. Defending national champion Auburn, Boston College, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Mississippi and Northern Illinois are among his group of scholarship offers.

"Things have really gotten crazy," Johnson said of the recruiting process. "But I've really had a good time with it. I've gotten to meet a lot of players and coaches and seen a lot of great colleges."

Johnson, who reports a 4.76-second time in the 40-yard dash, has unofficially visited Iowa, Auburn, Iowa State and Minnesota. He has scheduled a trip to Mississippi for June 15.

Michigan State has visited Osseo Senior High a few times. Stanford and Oregon also have been in consistent contact, Johnson said.

"I'm just really looking to see how I fit with the people," Johnson said. "I'm looking for a great football atmosphere. But it's mostly about the people. It's about finding the family feel."

Johnson said that blocking and versatility are the strengths of his game right now. He's working on running better routes.

"There are always things that need improvement," Johnson said. "I do feel like I'm a tight end that can be used in a lot of ways. I can block in the running game and can get off the line and catch passes."

Eric Johnson is leading the way for the Hawkeyes in their recruitment the three-star prospect.

"He's a great guy and I like Iowa," Will Johnson said. "They always have really good tight ends there. They coach them well and use them a lot. They put them in the NFL.

"Iowa was one of my first college visits, and I really like it there. I went back in the spring. I'm just comparing these other places to what I saw there."

Johnson said that he would like make his college choice before his final prep campaign begins.

"I think that would be best," he said. "I'd really like to focus on my high school season and not have this stuff interfere. I owe that to my teammates.

"Things have gotten a little crazy with more schools coming in, so that might be tough. We'll see what happens."

Johnson said he originally wanted to major in education in college and become a football coach. He's had second thoughts and is looking at other options.


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