News & Observer 2010 file photo - Johnson catches a pass against Seventy-First High School
Former Panther Creek football player Isaiah Johnson (class of 2011) has committed to play at the University of Kansas next fall. Johnson is a starting safety for Iowa Western Community College, which won the National Junior College Athletic Association championship this year.
Johnson led the JUCO ranks with 8 interceptions this year. He added 41 tackles and one forced fumble. He also had an interception in the championship game.
Johnson was a three-year starter safety and wide receiver for Panther Creek, which went to the 4AA state semifinals his senior year. He was the school's Male Athlete of the Year, as he also led the basketball team, where he was also a three-year starter, in scoring.
After Panther Creek, Johnson played at Western Carolina, and was starting at kick returner as a true freshman in the season opener when he tore his knee. He was given a redshirt for that year, but transferred to Iowa Western Junior College for this season.
Johnson will have three years to play three seasons at Kansas (i.e. a redshirt sophomore), as he's already used his redshirt.