Johnson Enjoys Iowa Visit, Waits on Decision

Miami running back DeAndre Johnson said Thursday that he could see himself committing on the spot during his visit to Iowa. Listen to what the prospect said about his trip to Iowa City in this premium recruiting update.

DeAndre Johnson came to Iowa City with the idea that he might commit to the Hawkeyes. He left town still undecided.

The senior running back from Monsignor Pace in Miami took an official visit to Iowa this weekend.

"I like the city," Johnson said Sunday night after returning home. "The people are really nice there. It's a great city

"I really liked the fans. Sitting in the stadium and seeing the atmosphere, the atmosphere is really crazy. They love their team up there."

As much as he liked the trip, Johnson held off on making a decision. He wanted to wait until he visit's the other co-favorite on his list, Minnesota.

"I didn't pull the trigger, but there was a big possibility that I would," Johnson said. "I plan on going to Minnesota soon because I want to see what that program is about, too. "

Johnson, a two-star recruit on Scout.com's five-star scale, tore his ACL earlier this month and is out for his final prep season.

"I plan on making that (Minnesota) trip before my surgery," Johnson said. "I get my surgery on my ACL Oct. 7. So, their next home game before that is Wisconsin on Oct. 3. I'm going to see if I can make that."

Johnson was worried that the knee injury would scare away some schools that recruited him. He was reassured by the Iowa coaches that they still want him to be a Hawkeye.

"They really didn't care," Johnson said. "They know that it's just part of the game. It's like a broken leg. That's how they treated it, just like it was a broken leg.

"They know that I'm going to get surgery from one of the best surgeons down here. They said if I could they would want me to come to school early so they can get their doctors and their trainers to work on it so I would be ready for the season.."

Florida International University did stop recruiting Johnson when he was injured.

"I already had that experience with another school after I told them the news," he said. "Minnesota and Iowa, I talked with them a lot and they said they're going to stick with me."

Johnson viewed Iowa as a place at which he could see himself playing college football.

"Basically, I got to see everything I wanted," he said of his visit. "I started off by meeting all of the coaches. They asked me what I wanted to go to school for. I told them business and they took me to the business school, Pappajohn building. I got to talk to a few people in there.

"We ate then I got to see the facilities. We went to the practice field. We watched the pregame before the game. We went to the weight room and got a tour of the stadium. We saw it all."

While Johnson wasn't ready to end his recruitment this weekend, he said the decision should be made in the near future.

"It will be coming up pretty soon because I have nothing to wait for," he said. "I'm not going to play this year so schools are not going to get a chance to look at me. What I have is what I have. Those are the schools I'm interested in. After I go to Minnesota, I should be making my decision."


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