Joe Johnson Checks Out Iowa City

West Des Moines Valley speedster Joe Johnson took a trip to Iowa City on Wednesday to work out for the Iowa coaching staff. Read about his new position, his future plans, and more in this premium recruiting update.

West Des Moines Valley HS RB/CB Joe Johnson spent Wednesday in Iowa City, getting to the Hawkeye program a little better, as well as learning a new position.

"I didn't get to play my usual position, which is running back," he said. "I didn't worry about that though, I got to do some corner which is what I'll play next year, as well as running back. I just got some experience there from that standpoint. Just to see how they do it, I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get a scholarship."

Iowa's defensive backs coach, Phil Parker, is known for getting into his players on the practice field, but Johnson saw a different side at camp.

"I think he's a great guy," he said. "He's got that comic side to him, he's also a serious guy, he'll tell you what you need to know. I like that a lot about him.

"It was my first time playing defense in about two years. I disappointed myself a few times, not sticking to the drills that I was learning, but at the same time, I think I did alright my first time out."

Johnson said he got a chance to visit with the staff during junior festivities prior to the camp itself, but didn't get a sense about when a possible offer may be coming. The Iowa staff is keeping in close contact with Johnson throughout the offseason, however.

"I'm pretty close with Coach Morgan, we talk through texting and I visit with him, I'll call him every once in a while," Johnson said. "I'm open to whatever will get me a scholarship."

Johnson will be visiting camps and/or 7-on-7 tournaments at his other favorites, Iowa State, Kansas, and Kansas State over the next few weeks before his team begins fall camp.

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