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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Juco DB Johnson staying with Kansas

By Damon Sayles

Kansas received some good news on Wednesday when three-star junior college safety Isaiah Johnson (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western College) decided against visiting Texas Tech and chose to stand firm with his commitment to the Jayhawks.

A 6-foot-1, 210-pound safety from Cary, N.C., Johnson originally committed to Kansas on Dec. 11. He picked up an offer from Texas Tech last weekend and had an official visit set up this weekend, but he said the Red Raiders were considering moving the visit to the weekend of Feb. 1.

Somewhere between getting the offer and Wednesday, Johnson felt the opportunities were just as strong at Kansas as they were at Texas Tech.

“I’m not going to visit Texas Tech because of what KU has going on,” Johnson said via text message. “I’m 100-percent KU and staying with them.”

Johnson said Kansas was his original pick primarily because the Jayhawks will give him chances early to prove himself as a starter. Kansas is expected to lose both starting safeties, he said.

Johnson had 41 tackles, four pass breakups and a team-high eight interceptions for an Iowa Western team that won the NJCAA national championship in December. Johnson is one of 25 Kansas commits.