Johnson enjoys Lincoln

The news was that both Toby Johnson and Ben Bradley from Hutchinson (Kans.) C.C. weren't going to be able to make it in this weekend to Lincoln. Then the news was that they were driving themselves up after all on Saturday morning. What did Johnson think about his experience in Lincoln yesterday?

Toby Johnson is one of the most sought after junior college defensive tackles in the nation. The 6-foot-3 and 296-pound Johnson from Hutchinson (Kans.) C.C. was in Lincoln yesterday, but not for an official visit as what was originally anticipated.

"Yeah, it was just an unofficial visit," Johnson said. "We had a problem with our ride on Friday. We chose to still come up and do an unofficial visit just on Saturday."

Johnson said that he and team mate, Ben Bradley, got in a car that morning and made the drive up Lincoln. They got there about mid-morning so there was quite a bit of time to get around and see some things before the game began.

"We got to Lincoln around 10:30 or so. We met the strength coaches in the weight room and we headed over to the academic center. It's all brand new. It's very nice. I liked it a lot."

One thing that Johnson said in the days leading up to the visit was that he hoped that he was recognized in Lincoln. He was. He said that there were literally hundreds of people lining the tunnel walk that he was slapping hands with on his way out of the tunnel.

"It literally blew my mind. The tunnel walk was great. There were hundreds of fans there and I had to go side to side coming out of the tunnel to slap all of their hands that were yelling my name."

Nebraska's defense was stifling yesterday. The Huskers allowed some late scores, but probably should have thrown a shut out against Minnesota. Johnson noted the strong defensive effort and says that he can see himself really fitting in at Lincoln.

"I see myself fitting in at Nebraska really well. I can see myself either as a dominating shade or a three-technique. I could actually play anywhere from a zero all the way out to a four in that scheme. Their defense was dominating yesterday."

Johnson and Bradley made an early escape from the game to get out of Lincoln early to head back home. Johnson said between the visit yesterday and his unofficial visit this summer that he really saw what he needed to see from Nebraska.

"We left in the fourth quarter because we wanted to beat the rush out of town to get back. The visit was a "10". It was everything that I needed to see. I got a chance to meet and talk to some of the players and I really wanted to see what a game there was like."

One of the questions that Nebraska and Husker fans have on their minds about Johnson is the knee. He hasn't had the surgery yet and it seemed that one of the reasons why Johnson got up to Lincoln this past weekend was to get Nebraska's opinion on his knee.

"I haven't had the surgery yet. Nebraska checked me out. They said that I am very loose jointed and said that my good knee was similar to my injured knee, but I know my ACL is torn. My surgery is set for December 13th.

"I don't know if I will be ready to come back by next fall or not. The doctors have all said that people recover differently. I have a red shirt to use and I don't want to screw anything up. Using my red shirt will not be the end of the world if that is what I have to do and I won't feel bad if I have to take it at a place like Nebraska."

Johnson is keeping a strong poker face and isn't telling anyone his list of favorites if he has one. He says though that the Huskers are being considered and that he plans to sign in December.

"I don't have a top five and I am not going to name one either. I am really, really considering Nebraska. I plan on making my decision and signing in December."

Johnson headed to Lincoln with his team mate, Ben Bradley. Bradley is a highly touted defensive tackle like Johnson and is committed to Tennessee. Johnson had been telling Bradley that he needed to visit Nebraska and said that Bradley came away impressed with what he saw.

"Ben really liked Nebraska a lot. It was all that he was talking about coming home yesterday. I told him that he needed to check out Nebraska and he did. He really liked it, but I am not going to speak for him about Nebraska or his commitment to Tennessee."

Tennessee has announced that they are not planning on bringing back Head Coach Derek Dooley and that might give Nebraska some hope when it comes to Bradley. will stay in touch with Johnson to let you know all of the latest.

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 10 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 12 years.
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