After attending so many games because of his father over the years, Cade Johnson, son of former Husker Clester Johnson, had his moment on Saturday.
During the Nebraska Red-White game over the weekend, Johnson was on the sidelines because he was actually a recruit. The Bellevue West junior wide receiver said it definitely felt different feeling the love from Nebraska.
“I have been waiting for this for a long time. I was always reading my dad’s press clippings. He would pull out old stuff,” said Cade, who watched his brother C.J. sign with Wyoming last year. “Then when my brother was getting recruited, I always looked up to him. Finally now I’m able to make my own mold. I just want to keep building off of it. I’m enjoying it while it lasts. I’m hoping for a big summer.”
That big summer will include quite a few camp stops, including Nebraska and hopefully Minnesota.
“Minnesota sends me the most out of all the schools D-1,” said Johnson, who already holds an offer from South Dakota State. “I haven’t gotten a chance to make it, but hope to soon. I also attended Iowa State’s junior day. I think I’m going to camp there.”
In addition, schools like South Dakota, Northern Iowa, Western Illinois, and North Dakota State are recruiting the receiver.
“Recruiting is going well right now. I just hope that I can get some more offers soon,” said Johnson, who feels South Dakota could be close after visiting them recently.
“Most schools want Nebraska kids to camp, because they don’t know how the talent is in Nebraska. We can make plays just like anybody, but they want to see it first hand.”
Johnson admits it’s frustrating, but part of growing up in Nebraska.
Last season, he caught a reported 35 balls for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. At 5-foot-11, 165-pounds, the receiver is hoping to add to his frame this summer.“175 to 180, that’s the goal,” said Johnson. “I don’t want anybody to be able to bully me around at the next level. It will also make me better at the high school level. A lot of touches definitely takes a toll on my body.”
As far as season goals?
“I want to show the state that last year wasn’t a fluke,” said Johnson.
In addition, Cade plans to camp at Wyoming, after attending their junior day earlier in the year.
:22 – ‘17 prospects Keyshawn Johnson Jr. (4-star) and Darny Holmes (5-star).
1:06 – Nebraska ’16 prep Cade Johnson, son of former Husker Clester Johnson.
1:12 – Former NFL Pro Bowler Keyshawn Johnson.
1:45 - Nebraska 2016 commit Jared Bubak.
2:06 - Juco CB prospect Maurice Chandler.
2:30 – JUCO OT prospect Quinn Mittermeier.