Scout.com's Josh Clark was able to speak briefly with Iowa's newest football commitment, Youngstown, Ohio's Derrell Johnson. Clark will provide a more detailed report in the coming days after getting more time with Johnson.
Here are some of Johnson's comments on the happenings of recent days:
On his recent visit to Michigan: "My Michigan visit went well, but even when I got home, I was still thinking that I was going to Iowa. Michigan has put more receivers in the league than any other Big Ten team and does a very good job of developing their receivers."
On why he committed to Iowa: "The big difference with Iowa was how comfortable I felt with their coaches from Coach O'Keefe to everyone on the staff. They all took the time to interact with me, and all were in heavy pursuit of me."
More on his commitment to Iowa over Michigan: "I feel that I can do some big things at Iowa; right away. At Michigan, I'd be placed under some other guys they have, but I can really make some things happen at Iowa."
On the Iowa coaches reaction when he told them he was coming to Iowa City:"When I told the Iowa coaches I was committing, they told me they were going to go out and celebrate."
Again, we will have much more on Johnson in the coming days.
If you have yet to see his highlight reel, you will want to do so: CLICK HERE to download the clips.
Notice how many defensive ends he sees coming at him and makes them miss. One thing that comes to mind when watching his tape here is his potential skills as a punt returner. He has that punt return vision and elusiveness, plus 4.40 forty jets.
JOHNSON EVALUATION COMMENTS FROM DUANE LONG, FROM OHIO
9. ***** WR Derrell Johnson 6-2 198 (Youngstown Mooney) (meaning five star national prospect and the 9th best player in Ohio from 2005)
An excellent athlete, Johnson played as a junior at Campbell Memorial mostly as a quarterback, where he had 1,400 yards on the ground and another 1,400 in the air. Johnson played quarterback, wide receiver and safety as a junior. He is football smart to go along with impressive athleticism and good size. He had one of the best all-around camp performances I have ever seen when you add a 4.43 forty with a 4.1 shuttle and near 40" vertical to a very surprising 25 reps of 185. That was done at the Ohio State camp before his senior year. In recent testing Johnson ran a 4.39 at 198 lbs.
He is not a QB making the move to wide receiver. He has played receiver before so it will not be such a new experience for him. I have tape of him as a junior at Campbell Memorial where he really stood out to me as a receiver despite most of the tape being Johnson at quarterback and safety. The strength he confirmed with the impressive bench press numbers was evident as he regularly dragged tacklers and broke tackles. If not for academics he would have been an early offer from Ohio State, and is (was) in fact available at this late date because admissions would not allow him in. The Buckeye coaching staff stayed with him this long. This is a special player. I am not going to be surprised if he breaks into the starting lineup wherever he goes as a freshman.
(Note: The #9 is my final state of Ohio ranking for Johnson. It was a very strong year in Ohio. The stars are for how I rate players nationally. 5 stars is tops).