Johnson Reflects on Iowa

Will Johnson visited Iowa on Wednesday. It was the second time the 2012 Minnesota tight end has took in the campus in Iowa City. Find out how things went and where Iowa ranks among his favorite schools in this Hawkeye Insider update.

One of the things Will Johnson checks at schools recruiting him is the depth chart at tight end. He'd like to play early if possible.

At Iowa, he sees plenty of competition for reps, including three players at the position who will be true freshmen this fall. He's not concerned.

"It doesn't scare me," the 6-foot-7, 245-pound prospect from Osseo, MN said. "If I want to play at the next level, I should welcome the chance to beat out top players at my position. That's not just going to happen, but it's something to work for."

Johnson unofficially visited Iowa on Wednesday, his second trip to the school this year.

"My first visit there was my first outside of a stop at Minnesota," Johnson said. "I was new to it and really didn't know what to look for. This time I took in more and got a better feel for the place and the people."

Scout.com ranks Johnson as a three-star prospect on its five-star scale. The service rates him as the No. 45 tight end in the country for the 2012 class.

Johnson has visited Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Auburn and Ole Miss. All of them have offered a scholarship as have Boston College and Illinois.

"I'm definitely comfortable with where my recruitment is at right now," Johnson said. "New schools are looking and I'm open to them. I've gotten a chance to see a lot of the schools that have offered and am building relationships and learning more about them."

Vanderbilt has been in contact recently. Johnson was waiting to hear back from the Commodores after the position coach had a chance to review film.

Johnson said he would like to have a decision before the start of his senior season.

"I'm not going to commit until I'm sure, though," he said. "I do not want to de-commit from somewhere."

On his Iowa visit, Johnson got a full tour of the football facilities and the academic learning center. He also spent one-on-one time with head coach Kirk Ferentz.

"I was able to get a better idea of how they feel about me and how I fit into their program," Johnson said. "As I said, I know I can come in and compete with the best. It's good to see that they're still recruiting me with the talent they have on the depth chart (at tight end)."

Johnson met with Iowa Senior Broderick Binns, who came to the Hawkeyes after prepping in Minnesota.

"He said that it was a really easy transition," Johnson said. "He told me he's really enjoyed his time at Iowa. He had other opportunities, but he chose Iowa and is glad that he did."

So, where do the Hawkeyes stand with Johnson after his second visit?

"There are a lot of good opportunities for a tight end there," he said. "They send a lot of guys to the NFL. I think they are towards the top of my list with Auburn, OIe Miss and Minnesota. I would say they're a strong option and still in it."


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