Another JUCO on Wisconsin's Radar

Even after gaining a verbal commitment Thursday from Everett (MA) cornerback Jakarrie Washington, Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is still talking to junior college defensive backs, like Iowa Western Community College's Isaiah Johnson

MADISON - There is still much movement on the recruiting trail for the new Wisconsin coaching staff, especially with the work defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has done on the junior college ranks. Iowa Western Community College safety Isaiah Johnson is a soft commit to Kansas, but has been hearing from many others, including the Badgers.

"I have just heard from Wisconsin recently," Johnson told Badger Nation. "Coach Aranda called my coach in Coach Strohmeier and my offensive line Coach Uperesa, who is from Hawaii. He actually called me to tell me that Coach Aranda was interested in me."

Johnson – a 6-1, 210-pound native of Raleigh, N.C. – called Aranda this morning and found out that Wisconsin had already asked Johnson's coaching staff for a copy of his transcripts.

"Coach Aranda watched my film saying he really loved it," said Johnson, who is being recruited as a free safety. "He asked me if I was real interested in Wisconsin and I told him I don't know yet. He went on to ask how strong I was to Kansas and I told him real strong. We talked a lot after that about what defense they run. He seemed like a really cool coach and laid back guy."

Johnson has no current visits planned, but didn't rule out the possibility of taking a closer look at Wisconsin if the Badgers offered, especially with his knowledge of some of the talented players the program has produced.

"I know Ron Dayne won the Heisman over there and I know they have been to the Rose Bowl the last few years," Johnson said. "They also won the Big Ten Championship last year and I actually know the quarterback from last year in Russell Wilson that went there. He came from North Carolina State and (being) from Raleigh, I watched him play before."

Selected as a JUCO All-American, as well as first-team all-conference and first-team all-region, Johnson finished with 41 tackles, eight interceptions, two fumble receoveries, one forced fumble and two touchdowns.

Although holding offers from Illinois, Texas Tech, New Mexico, Northern Iowa, South Alabama and Wyoming, Johnson says he is still firmly committed unless something happens.

"I am 100 percent committed right now to Kansas, but things could change," Johnson said. "I just like Kansas because of the coaches and the relationship I have established with them. They have been with me the whole recruiting process and it's just a nice place."

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