Print and Go Back ESPN.com: On The Trail: Midlands Region [Print without images]

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
KU commit gets TTU offer, sets official

By Damon Sayles

Three-star junior college safety Isaiah Johnson (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western College) committed to Kansas in December, but his phone has been buzzing as signing day gets closer.

One recent offer has caught his attention more than the others.

Johnson picked up an offer from Texas Tech over the weekend. While he said he’s still Kansas strong, a Texas Tech offer was enough to make him rethink the recruiting process. He confirmed that he will take an official visit to Texas Tech this weekend or Feb. 1.

“They told me they liked my film, and they’re looking for a big-time safety to fill the role because they’re losing both safeties,” said Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 210 defensive back from Cary, N.C. “I like the new coaching staff they have. I had a chance to talk with [defensive coordinator] Matt Wallerstedt, and he said he loved my film and what I can do.”

Johnson was a part of an Iowa Western team that won the NJCAA national championship in December. He recorded 41 tackles, four pass breakups and a team-high eight interceptions for the season. Iowa Western's defense allowed less than 13 points per game.

Johnson said Kansas remains a top priority because the Jayhawks are also losing their safeties. Still, Johnson said he will take the visit to Lubbock for reassurance.

“I was surprised at first. I know they were looking at me for a long time, but I didn’t think they’d offer,” he said of the Red Raiders. “When they did, I was really excited.”