The last few weeks have been tough ones for 2012 Chicago defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson. As the Feb. 1 signing day approached, the four-star prospect became unsure about his verbal commitment to Iowa.
Johnson officially visited Iowa City last weekend and had great things to say about the trip. Still, he met with Michigan State coaches in his home this week and considered a visit to East Lansing.
Thursday, Johnson decided to stick with his original commitment.
"I'm solid with Iowa," the 6-foot-3, 290-pounder from Montini Catholic in Lombard, Ill. said via text message.
Asked if he would be visiting Michigan State this weekend, Johnson sent a text saying "no."
"Honestly, I just felt more comfortable being around the coaching staff at Iowa," Johnson said. "Also, I felt more comfortable on their campus."
Johnson originally committed to Iowa in the summer but began to get cold feet in recent weeks after several players transferred out of the Hawkeye program. Johnson said on Sunday after his Iowa visit that he still had a few things to think about before finalizing his decision.
Michigan State coaches visited Johnson's home on Tuesday and Iowa's Lester Erb and LeVar Woods stopped by his house on Wednesday. At around midnight central time, Johnson posted on his Facebook page:
"Signing day is a week away! Then I'll officially become a Hawkeye!!"