For the second consecutive year, Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars staff has dipped into Florida to land a highly touted receiver prospect as West Palm Beach, Fla., three-star Isaiah Johnson has committed to the Cougars, he announced on Twitter.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound outside receiver — a close friend and former teammate of WSU freshman receiver Tavares Martin — took an official visit to Washington State two weekends ago and promptly de-committed from Florida following an official visit to Gainesville, Fla., over the weekend.
Johnson also held offers from Auburn, Miami, Louisville, Florida, North Carolina, N.C. State, Mississippi State and many others. Prior to his nine-month commitment to Florida, Johnson had pledged to Louisville and Miami.
ESPN rates Johnson as a four-star prospect while Rivals, 247 Sports and Scout give him three-stars. According to the 247 Sports Composite, Johnson is ranked the No. 90 overall receiving prospect in the country with an 86.4% ranking, the highest in the Cougars' 2016 recruiting class.
Expected to graduate this month, Johnson, who previously signed a financial aid agreement to Florida, will instead sign with Washington State and enroll in classes next month, allowing him to participate in spring practices.
Johnson is a massive outside receiver with "a long frame that can pack on an additional 15-20 pounds without losing much athleticism moving forward." What is most impressive on tape, though, is Johnson's route-running, which is as polished as you're generally going to find at the prep level. The Florida native is a major pickup and could very likely be in line to play as a true freshman.
With Johnson in the fold, Washington State now holds 24 verbal commitments, including fellow receivers Renard Bell, Stephen Houston, Josiah Westbrook and Grant Porter.
Unless one or more of the receivers are asked to greyshirt, the Cougars could be done at the position, however there are several other receivers expected to officially visit next month (which I'll cover in this week's big board).