WCU opened 15 days of spring practice on Monday evening
2011 (Freshman): Only saw action in two games as a true freshman, suffering a knee injury that sidelined him ... Expected to pursue a medical redshirt ... Caught one pass for seven yards in his debut at Georgia Tech ... Returned a pair of kickoffs at Georgia Tech for 48 yards including a long of 27 ... Was converted to defensive back during the spring of 2012.
Prior to Western Carolina: Spent four years on the varsity team, moving to the senior squad for the final four games of his freshman season ... Two-way player who recorded 71 career tackles including 50 solo stops and eight sacks ... Finished with 13 career interceptions including seven during his senior season returning two for touchdowns in earning first team NCPreps.com All-State at defensive back ... Two-time All-Tri-Nine Conference selection, garnering second team plaudits as a junior and first team as a senior ... Caught 46 passes for 666 yards and 11 touchdowns as a wide receiver in his final prep season helping Panther Creek HS - also nicknamed the Catamounts - go 13-2 and advance to the regional round of the North Carolina state high school playoffs ... Averaged 13 yards on 20 punt returns in his final season ... Listed as a two-star athlete by Rivals.com ... Was also a four-year varsity letterwinner in boys basketball where he earned first team all-conference accolades as a junior.
Personal: Full name is Isaiah Nigel Johnson ... Is the son of Chris and Mary Johnson ... Has three siblings ... His cousin, Keith Hamilton, played professionally for the New York Giants.