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WSU 6-3 true freshman Isaiah Johnson to line up where this spring?

ISAIAH JOHNSON out of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, began classes today at Washington State, one of four early January arrivals for the Cougars in Mike Leach's 2016 class. The 6-3 wide receiver has been an intriguing prospect for fans of WSU recruiting ever since he went crimson in mid-December. But as CF.C found out after talking with him, things have just now gotten even more interesting.

A 6-foot-3 true freshman wideout ... lining up with the WSU inside receivers group this spring?

“I’m going to start out in the slot and not on the outside,” Isaiah Johnson told CF.C before embarking on his college career at Washington State.  "They run a lot of crossing routes, so they need a big body on the crossing routes that can take hits and they don't really have a big wide receiver who is like, 6-3, 210. And I'll probably get up to 220."

Two things to note: there has been a good deal of change just recently when it comes to the wideouts. WSU in late December hired a new outside receivers coach for this season in Dave Nichol to replace Graham Harrell -- and WSU might have a new inside receivers coach as well, as CF.C reported Sunday night. Second, we're a long ways away from the season and spring is the perfect time to tinker, try out some new wrinkles and see where they go. 

That said, and whether Johnson ultimately lines up on the inside or outside for the 2016 season for Wazzu, it promises to be a highly interesting spring with a 6-3 wideout lining up in the slot.  A quick check shows Johnson at 6-3 is the second tallest receiver on the roster behind C.J. Dimry (6-5).

Johnson said he arrived in Pullman this past Thursday after graduating early from Dwyer High.

“It gives me the opportunity to make a name for myself, learn the offense and have a one-up on guys who will come in this summer – it helps me to try and get early playing time,” said Johnson.

Johnson had a wild ride in recruiting, having been at one time verbally pledged Florida, Miami and Louisville before zeroing in on Washington State.  Why WSU?

“This is the No. 1 passing team in the nation… so it’s (the chance) for early playing time and they rotate others too… I thought this was the best spot for me to become a 1,000-yard receiver and a Biletnikoff Award winner,” said Johnson, referencing Gabe Marks’ inclusion as a Biletnikoff semifinalist this past season.

Asked about a hobby off the field, Johnson doesn't sound like a guy who enjoys sitting still.

"I like to ride dirt bikes," Johnson said with a laugh.

NOTABLE NOTE:
Johnson joins QB/ATH Justus Rogers, CB Jalen Thompson and JUCO DE Garrett McBroom as early January enrollees.  CF.C spoke to McBroom last week who confirmed he had arrived in Pullman (McBroom was busy when reached by CF.C and didn't have a time for an interview) and in case you missed them, you can read about our chats with Rogers and Thompson below.

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