Mesa Athlete Undecided Following Visit

Keelan Johnson committed to Nebraska back in July. His hometown college, Arizona State, stepped up their recruiting efforts of the Mesa High School standout in recent weeks, and he came on an official visit this past weekend. He told Devils Digest that following his trip to the maroon and gold he's no closer to a definite decision on the college of his choice.

"It went really well," said the 6-0 200 Keelan Johnson about his official visit. "I enjoyed being there. The football game was fun. I got to tour the facilities, the dorms, be in the locker room after the game. I really liked being around (wide receivers) Coach Yarber."

When Johnson committed to Nebraska, he committed as a defensive back. The Sun Devils on the other are recruiting him "as an athlete," he said, "most likely on the offensive side playing running back or wide receiver – one of those."

In his senior year, Johnson collected a total of 16 touchdowns for the Jackrabbits. He rushed for 761 yards (avg. 8.27 per carry) and 11 TD's. He tallied 324 yards on 19 catches and two scores. On defense he registered 59 total tackles, three interceptions, two of which were returned for TD's. He also had a punt return for TD.

Johnson scored five TD's (both on offense and defense) in a 50-0 win against Central this season. "I'm just a playmaker on offense," he said. "On defense, I can lock a wide receiver down. I just played one year on defense, so I'm still learning how to play there." Johnson reports a 40-time of 4.42.

Johnson hasn't talked to anybody from Nebraska, since they announced Bo Pelini as their new head coach. The coaching change at Lincoln hasn't totally ruled out his chances of going through with his commitment, but there's no denying that the Sun Devils made some inroads. "I'm undecided but I'm kind of liking ASU," he said. "Being close to home is a big part. Before I really didn't care, but now I'm thinking I'd be better off here."

The Mesa standout said that he had a visit to Nebraska planned for this week, but because of other plans he will take it later this month. He's unsure on whether he will make his pledge before that Nebraska trip or after. He added that the ASU coaches are scheduled to come down to his school later this week.

With a GPA of 2.8 and a score of 1070 on his SAT Johnson is academically qualified

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