Hawks Host Late Visitor

Iowa received a surprise visitor this week, someone that hails from the halls of some former Hawkeye greats. Youngstown, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney) wide receiver/cornerback Derrell Johnson informed Scout.com's Josh Clark that he was on Iowa's campus this week on an official visit. Clark offers the latest on the possible late addition to the Class of 2006.

Though conservative, Kirk Ferentz and his staff have thrown a few curve balls during their time in Iowa City, or at least, curves to all of us.

That is the case once again in regards to most their most recent recruiting class.

While most people are thinking of the class of 2006 prospects making their way to campus soon to begin worth with Chris Doyle, news of a possible new addition has begun to swirl.

Now, for a few days those thoughts can be directed towards another possible addition to the class.

According to Derrell Johnson, he was flown out to Iowa City for an official visit on Tuesday in hopes that would soon sign scholarship papers to be an Iowa Hawkeye this fall.

"Iowa had been recruiting me since my sophomore year," Johnson told Scout.com.

"Like a lot of schools, they didn't recruit me that hard last fall because I had to improve my grades. I had some options to sign with schools on Signing Day, but I wanted to keep my options open. I ended up becoming a qualifier about three weeks later and Iowa began expressing interest in me about three weeks ago."

Before Iowa had expressed interest, Johnson had completed official visits to Syracuse, Cincinnati, and Ohio State. He had also taken an unofficial visit to West Virginia.

Soon after he left his official visit at Ohio State, he was informed by the Buckeyes that they had no plans to make him a part of their incoming recruiting class.

"Right now, my top four are Iowa, Syracuse, Michigan, and Illinois," Johnson said.

"Illinois and Michigan are working very hard on getting me to take a visit to their school here in the next few days. I have to talk it over with my family, but if I don't take those visits, I'm probably going to choose Iowa."

Why Iowa?

"My visit to Iowa went very well," added Johnson, who schools are projecting at either side of the ball on wide receiver or cornerback.

"I got a lot more out of my visit to Iowa than I expected, and it almost sealed the deal while I was there. The people were definitely key. You win with people, you need people to succeed, and Iowa had of all that. There were not many students in town with school being over, but you could tell everyone is all about Iowa football."

To read the details on how Iowa made the first contact with Johnson and set up the visit, as well, as more in-depth details regarding his meetings with Coach Lester Erb, Coach Ken O'Keefe, and Coach Kirk Ferentz and everything else regarding his visit, CLICK HERE for this report exclusive to all HawkeyeNation subscribers.

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