Much of the noise coming out of Sunday's Iowa camp was connected to Class of 2015 prospects hoping to land scholarship offers. The event, and those like it to follow this summer, also give non-seniors-to-be a chance to impress the Hawkeye coaches.
Jamahl Johnson, who just completed his sophomore year at Prior Lake (MN) High, camped at Iowa on Sunday. The 6-foot-1, 315-pound defensive tackle turned heads.
"I felt like I got the coaches' attention with my quickness and explosiveness," Johnson said. "More than one coach said they loved my film and will keep a close eye on me."
Johnson's sophomore season at Prior Lake was highlighted by five sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
"I hope for our team to go undefeated this year. I know we can compete for a state title. I want to have around 20 (TFL) and 10 sacks, doubling what I did last year," Johnson said.
Johnson said that he's hearing consistently from Minnesota and Mankato State but the Hawkeyes are recruiting him the hardest right now.
"I really like Iowa. They were the first big college to recruit me. I also like their coaching staff and football facility," Johnson said. "I should be camping at Minnesota soon but we will have to see. After that, I don't know if I will go anywhere else this summer."
Johnson is focused on his upcoming season and what success during it might bring his way.
"After my junior year, I hope to see some offers coming in. I'd like to have more schools look at me outside of the Midwest region. That would be very cool," he said.