Johnson making a name for himself

One of the top players in the state of Nebraska this year is a Husker legacy. C.J. Johnson, son of former Husker Clester Johnson, is a receiver like dad, but isn't riding on any coat tails. He is a legitimate D-1 wide receiver recruit.

C.J. Johnson from Bellevue (Nebr.) West is a 6-foot-1 and 185-pound receiver who had a huge junior season on the football field. The son of a former Husker -- Clester Johnson -- is now starring on the basketball court.

"I am playing basketball right now," Johnson said. "I play point guard, we're 15-5 with two more games left in the regular season.

"I have also been on some junior day visits. I have been to Wisconsin and to Missouri for their junior days."

Johnson says that the visits were great experiences. He wanted to get to know the coaching staffs and he has received good positive and critical input while he has been on these trips.

"It was good talking with the coaches, heading what they like about me and where they say I need to improve. It looks good with those two schools to me. They have been recruiting me the hardest."

Johnson had 79 receptions his junior year for 1,360 yards and 17 touchdowns receiving. He added a couple more touchdowns on punt returns. He says that he thinks great route running is one of his biggest strengths.

"I feel like I run great routes," Johnson said. "I also feel like I have good speed, you can always improve your speed, and I think that I can catch everything that is thrown my direction."

Being the son of a former Husker has allowed for C.J. to have some unique opportunities in the state of Nebraska. He says that people in Lincoln remember his dad and it says a lot about the love by the fans for their players.

"It's great when we go to Lincoln to a game. All of the fans are always yelling his name. It's great to hear how much love the Nebraska fans have for their players."

Johnson chose to go to junior day at Wisconsin over going to junior day in Lincoln. He says that there has been some drop off in recruiting attention recently by Nebraska, but he dreams of being a future Husker.

"I haven't gotten as much attention from Nebraska as I did last season. I would visit if they wanted me to. I have always dreamed of playing football there at Nebraska."

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Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 12 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 14 years.
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