Could Johnson Pull the Trigger This Weekend?

DeAndre Johnson will take his first official visit this weekend when he comes to Iowa City. The Miami Monsignor Pace RB thinks he plays like Shonn Greene and might like to follow in his footsteps. Read this premium recruiting story to find out more.

A win this weekend against Arizona could mean a return trip to the Top 25 for Iowa. It also might play a big part in the Hawkeyes lassoing another big recruit.

Miami Monsignor Pace running back DeAndre Johnson will make Iowa City his first official visit. It also might be his last.

"If I come to Iowa and really like what I see, there's a big, big, big possibility that I'm going to commit right there," the 5-foot-8, 210-pound back said. "There's a real good chance I'd commit right on the spot."

If that happens, things could get real interesting. James White, a running back from St. Thomas Aquinas in nearby Fort Lauderdale, also will be visiting Iowa this weekend. Iowa already holds a commitment from Washington, D.C. area back Marcus Coker.

Scout.com ranks White as a three-star recruit, while Johnson earns two on the five-star scale. Here is a story on White that we posted last week.

Johnson ran for 1,121 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior. Thursday night, he was at the Miami-Georgia Tech game with Pace quarterback Stephen Morris, a Hurricane commitment.

Johnson reports offers from Iowa, Duke, Florida International, Colorado State and Minnesota.

"Right now, (Iowa) is the only visit I have set up," Johnson said. "(Iowa) is it."

Rick Kaczenski is Iowa's lead recruiter for Johnson.

"I like him," Johnson said. "And I've talked to a lot of the Iowa coaches, even the head coach."

The Hawkeye staff is giving Johnson positive feedback.

"They just tell me that they like my running style," Johnson said. "They say I can be the next Shonn Greene. I have a similar running style to him. That's what they're looking for in their offense."

Johnson will be evaluating the program and more on his visit.

"I'll be looking to see how the coaches are and what the atmosphere is like, how the fans are," he said. "I really want to see the facilities, too, the stadium. I want to see if I came there where I would be staying. I want to talk to the players and get a feel for the academics."

Johnson feels like he would give Iowa a versatile running back.

"I can be a scat back or a power back," he said. "I weigh 210 right now, so if you need me to power it, I can do that. I also run a 4.1 (second) shuttle, so if you need me to get the outside, I can do that as well."


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