Johnson is a 6'3" 265 pound redshirt freshman defensive lineman from Arlington, Texas. Donavan, part of the 2010 recruiting class, was a three star recruit at Rivals recruiting sites. One star over at Scout.com. Johnson would join fellow 2010 recruit Anthony Ferguson as the second defensive line recruit to leave the team.
Johnson had yet to crack the Hawkeye two-deeps. Last Summer, when I had the chance to see the Hawkeye open practice, he didn't see the field much. Of the 2010 class, Carl Davis and Mike Hardy were getting a lot of the practice reps.
Marc Morehouse, of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, wrote of Johnson in his yearly Four Downs with the Dline, "If his winter goes well, Johnson, a redshirt freshman, could be a surprise inside. Might be closer to 6-1 than 6-3. He’s sort of a Mike Daniels starter kit."
The impact for 2011 seems minimal, by all accounts Johnson was still a year, at least, from seeing the field. Nothing official has been released from Iowa, no exact reason as to why the decision to leave but his academics have been rumored to be an issue. One Tweet did give a little indication, if true. According to @jrlinder22, "Johnson REALLY liked to party."
Today, at Big Ten media day, Kirk Ferentz confirmed that Johnson has left Iowa.
Rob Howe has the tweet:
RT @HawkeyeInsider: Donovan Johnson has left the team. KF said probably going to JC. "connect the dots on that one".