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Calabasas high school (Cali.) wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. is still almost a year away from officially signing with any school, but the junior four-star prospect is putting in some major work when it comes to figuring out where he wants his next career stop to be.
The son of former NFL veteran Keyshawn Johnson, Jr. has visited Nebraska already five times in the last year, wrapping up his latest trip on Monday morning.
“I knew more people this time around because I have been there so many times,” said Johnson, who visited with five-star 2017 defensive back Darnay Holmes. “Patrick O’Brien is there now. I have a pretty good relationship with him after knowing him for a while. I have a better relationship with all the coaches now, not just Keith Williams and Coach Riley. So overall it was one of the better visits out of all the visits I have been on in terms of Lincoln.”
While much of the focus for Nebraska fans has been on the 2016 class, many are paying attention to Johnson and his potential impact on 2017 and beyond.
“I definitely feel like I’m getting close, I just don’t know a date,” said Johnson. “I know I’m getting close. I want to do it before my senior year and I don’t want it to be a little hat ceremony where the coaches don’t know. I want the coaches to know.
“I feel like I’m really comfortable at Nebraska. This was my fifth time here. Out of my top five I feel comfortable with all of them, but to make me commit here, I want to have a better relationship with all the coaches. I want to have a good feel for them. I want to make sure it feels like a home where if I couldn’t play football anymore in my life, I would be okay being a regular student at Nebraska.”
The nation’s No. 118 overall player in the 2017 class, Johnson is considered a potential key in pushing next year’s recruiting class into the top 15 or beyond. Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins said Johnson could be a big domino for Nebraska back in October.
“Regardless of where I go, I’m going to recruit,” said Johnson. “When I go to a school, I’m going to make sure I’m surrounded by the best. I’m going to recruit the best DBs so I can get work every single day. Pat is already a good quarterback, but they need more quarterbacks to throw me the ball.
“No matter where I go, I’m going to find the best players to play with me. I feel like that’s not going to be an issue at all. I feel like I have a pretty good word and if I say something is good, people are going to trust me. Wherever I go, I’m going to recruit as hard as I can. With Nebraska offering all these guys that I know out West that I know, if I was to commit there I think it would make recruiting easy for me.”