Recruiting Notebook: Johnson, Green will wait to decide

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By Chris Williams, Publisher

Iowa State didn’t pick up a verbal commitment from its four official visitors this weekend, but progress was made. Here are a few tasty football recruiting tidbits for you on a Monday, with plenty of basketball content coming later today.

Kaleb Johnson will wait till NDS

While Jacksonville (Fla.) Ed White’s Kaleb Johnson did enjoy his weekend in Ames, don’t expect the 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive guard to make any sort of a college decision until National Signing Day.

“That’s what I want to do,” Johnson told on Sunday night.

Johnson said that his final four will likely come down to the Cyclones, Louisville, North Carolina and Rutgers.

One thing especially stood out to Johnson on his visit to Ames. That was the campus life at Iowa State.

“I really liked the dorm rooms,” Johnson said. “They had apartment style dorm rooms. I haven’t seen that yet.”

Iowa State’s tight end coach Courtney Messingham is acting as Johnson’s lead recruiter.

Green impressed, set with more officials

When asked if there was still a chance that he’d eventually become a Cyclone, College of Sequoias in Visalia (Calif.) defensive tackle Louvan Green replied, “there’s a big chance.”

But as Lee Corso would say, “not so fast my friend.”

Green, who recorded 42 tackles and two sacks as a sophomore, still has two (maybe three) official visits to take before he makes a decision. He’ll be heading to Baylor, Nevada and possibly Oregon State over the next three weeks. Green has already taken an official visit to UNLV.

“I just want to go somewhere where I can go in and play right away,” Green said. “I only have two years to play. I need to go somewhere where I can play now. Somewhere where I am comfortable with and where I fit in. They did a really nice job of making me feel like that. Those players are really cool.”

While visiting, Green did have an opportunity to sit down and talk with Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads.

“He said that he really needed me and that when I get there, I’d be able to play and maybe be a dominant force and impact player,” Green said.

Iowa State’s offensive line coach Bill Bleil is serving is Green’s lead recruiter.

Brandenton (Fla.) Manatee wide receiver Quenton Brundage was also in town over the weekend. To read about his visit, CLICK HERE. has not been able to catch up with Seffner (Fla.) Armwood athlete Joshua Grady, who was also in town.

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.