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OT Vincent Johnson commits to Iowa State

Offensive tackle Vincent Johnson (Sacramento/Christian Brothers) has lived in many different parts of the country. Born in Maryland, Johnson has also called Florida, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and California home at various points. On Thursday night, when he and his father left for an unofficial visit to Iowa State, he didn’t know that he would be adding one more location to that list. But after he returned from the visit, Johnson knew he was ready, as he committed to head coach Paul Rhoads and the Cyclones.

“I am going to be an Iowa State Cyclone,” Johnson said. “I couldn’t be happier with my decision and it’s a huge weight off my shoulders. After taking the visit, I knew Iowa State was the place for me.”

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound offensive tackle said he did his best to go into the trip with an open mind, but it wasn’t long before it was made up.

“Iowa is pretty far and I don’t have any family there, but I got to meet the entire staff, including [offensive line] coach [Bill] Bliel for the first time,” Johnson said. “It was a great time. I saw some plays run during practice and with the program and the academics, everything seems like a perfect fit.”

Johnson chose Iowa State over offers from Sacramento State and San Jose State, and said the early commitment will take a huge weight off his shoulders as he said he will now be able to focus on academics, football and being a leader in his community.

He will head to Iowa State as an offensive tackle, though he said whether he winds up on the right or left side of the line is still to be determined. Johnson is commitment No. 12 for Iowa State’s 2013 recruiting class. He is the second offensive lineman and also the second recruit from California for the Cyclones.