Don’t look now, but Iowa State is on an absolute roll on the recruiting path. They’ve landed three commitments in as many days, and they aren’t just landing random players, they’re landing some of their top targets. On Wednesday, they landed C.J. Bolar. They followed that up yesterday with the addition of Trevor Downing. Now, the Cyclones have landed another, as Anthony Johnson Jr made his decision public just a little while ago. Johnson Jr is the eighth commitment in Iowa State’s class, and the first defensive back.
— Anthony Johnson Jr (@anthon21johnson) May 19, 2017
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Johnson committed to Iowa State over a bunch of G5 offers, from Bowling Green, Buffalo, Marshall, USF, Western Kentucky and Tulane. Iowa State and Wisconsin were the only interested power 5 schools, and ultimately, Anthony wanted to play in a major conference, which pushed him to Ames.
Because he lives in an area (Florida) that scouts are always watching, Johnson has a good chance to move up the rankings after this summer, and even after his senior season. You can’t go 20 miles in any direction in Florida without running into a recruiting camp on any given day, and all it takes for a recruit to blow up and land some major offers is one good camp performance. Johnson has the traits that show up on the camp circuit, in his athleticism and coverage skills, so don’t be surprised if the SEC notices this kid around July.
As I said, Johnson is a very athletic player. He’s very versatile, and has the ability to play both cornerback and safety for his high school because of that athleticism and versatility. He’s a very smart defensive back, and can use that awareness to make plays on the ball. He struggles with tackling running backs, both in angles and in his willingness to hit (though he’ll gladly hit a wide receiver or quarterback), but he probably won’t have to do much of that in Ames. He’s at his best playing off the line, and should make for a very solid zone corner at the next level. His ceiling comparison is Trumaine Johnson.