Isaiah Johnson discusses Louisville pledge

Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer wide receiver Isaiah Johnson became the fourth member of the U of L 2016 recruiting class on Monday. He spoke with Cardinal Authority about his decision...

Early last week, Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer wide receiver Isaiah Johnson added a scholarship offer from the University of Louisville to his growing list. Less than a week later the 6-foot-3, 205-pound 2016 prospect has committed to the Cardinals program.

Johnson considered offers from Illinois, South Florida, Temple and Utah State, to go with rising interest from Florida State, UCF and a host of others.

An opportunity to join a roster that is losing a significant chunk of its wide receivers the next two year and play alongside with 2015 quarterback commit Lamar Jackson of Boynton Beach (Fla.) Community High School.

"They are losing a lot of receivers, like DeVante Parker and other key guys the next few years, so I feel like I have the opportunity to make an impact," he said. "Lamar Jackson is going there and he's a good quarterback and I feel like we'll be a good combination."

Johnson, who hopes to add 15 or more pounds, finished his junior season with 39 receptions for 791 yards and 8 touchdowns.

"I'm a physical receiver, but I'm also a big-play guy," he said. "I had four touchdowns that were over 70 yards this season."

A growing relationship with U of L wide receivers coach Lamar Thomas also played a significant role is his decision to make an early commitment.

"It felt good and coach Lamar Thomas and I have built a good relationship," he told Cardinal Authority. "It wasn't something that I wanted to take that long with, so now I can focus on other things."

His future position coach welcomed the decision and expressed his belief in Johnson's future impact.

"He was real happy," he said. "He told me that I can come up there and fill in for number nine. Those are big shoes to fill, but I feel like I can do it if I put in the work."

He becomes the fourth member of Louisville's 2016 recruiting class. He joins fellow wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick, cornerback Baylen Buchanan, and quarterback Keaton Torre.


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