Iowa Western's Johnson is a playmaker

So far, a player proving to be a real playmaker in the deep patrol for Iowa Western this season is S Isaiah Johnson (6-1, 210). After four games, the talented defensive back already has three intereceptions and is attracting attention from a couple BCS coaching staffs. caught up with him recently and he updated us on things including what he does best on the football field...

After enjoying a solid prep career at Panther Creek High School in Cary, North Carolina, he decided to sign with Western Carolina, but he wanted to give himself a chance at playing at the highest level, so he left and found a program in Iowa Western that welcomed him with open arms.

"I played in the first game at Western Carolina and then I got hurt. I tore the PCL in my right knee, so I actually got a medical redshirt for that season," Johnson told "After the season, I started to just think about where I was and where I really wanted to be and I decided to leave and come here to Iowa Western and it's been a great experience for me.

So far, Johnson has posted 16 tackles and is tied for the lead in the country with three interceptions from his free safety position.

"I'm a ballhawk. That's what I do best," Johnson said. "Don't get me wrong, I love to hit, but if I get the chance to get a turnover for my team and give it back to our offense, I'm going to do that and worry about making big hits later."

As far as recruiting is concerned, Johnson doesn't have any offers yet, but he has two BCS schools eyeing his talents.

"I talked to the DB coach up at Purdue and I've also talked a little with Arizona State too," Johnson said. "I think a lot of schools didn't know that much about me coming here, so I am trying to get my film out so I can show what I can do and let people know that I'm available after the season."

Johnson is on pace to graduate in May of 2013 and he will have three years to play three following the 2012 football season.

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