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Iowa true freshman wide receiver Keagan Johnson is the highest-rated wide receiver in the last decade, and 247 Sports reports he’s off to a quick start to his college career after enrolling in the program early.
With last year’s senior receiving group moving on, the program is looking for younger leaders to step up.
Iowa is five practices in and Johnson is already turning heads with his early play, 247 Sports reports.
“He’s been making a really good push,” senior defensive back Riley Moss said. “I think he’ll be pretty good with time. He’s been a standout for sure for the younger guys.”
In his hometown of Bellevue, Nebraska, he was named first-team Super State, first-team all-state and first-team all-conference as a senior, his athletics bio reads. He was also named team captain for Super State and All-State teams, earned first-team honors on all-Huskerland, along with numerous other accolades.
247 Sports reports that Johnson shot up the rankings and earned a fourth-star during his senior season, capping it off with 51 catches, 935 receiving yards, and 10 touchdowns. He also had seven rushing touchdowns.
Iowa’s wide receiver class for this season includes Brody Brecht, Arland Bruce IV and Johnson and will be one of the most highly-anticipated wide receiver groups ever to come through Iowa.
Johnson credits Iowa wide receiver coach Kelton Copeland as well as Smith and Smith-Marsette for changing the perception surrounding Iowa wide receivers, the article reads.
“As a whole class, we want to be the best we can be,” Johnson previously said, per 247 Sports. “I feel like this class and what’s there already has the potential to be a force in the Big Ten. We want to set the standard of we’re not going to feel good if we go through four years and we don’t win anything.”
The Iowa football team will hold an open practice on Saturday in Kinnick Stadium. The open practice is free, with gates opening at 8:30 a.m. CT and practice scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.