OFFERED WIDE RECEIVERS:
TOP OF THE BOARD:
Keyshawn Johnson Jr., Calabasas high school (Cali.) – Bynum is ranked higher, but throw rankings out the window when it comes to discussion about Johnson. First, dad played for Mike Riley when the Nebraska head coach was calling plays for USC. Second, Johnson has visited already five times and is thinking about a return trip to Lincoln for No. 6 in the near future. Third, former high school teammate Marquel Dismuke is already on the roster. Fourth, landing Johnson is important because of the star power next to his name. It’s very likely he would become one of the Huskers’ best recruiters on the west coast instantaneously.
GUY TO WATCH IN THE 500-MILE RADIUS:
Jaevon McQuitty, Battle high school (MO) – The four-star receiver has visited Nebraska multiple times and the Huskers appear to be his favorite at the moment. If Johnson Jr. jumps in the class, expect McQuitty to follow – the two have really hit it off and become friends despite the distance. Schools like Iowa and Michigan have jumped in on his recruitment lately, which is exciting for the 2017 prospect, but Nebraska offered first.
Back-to-back strong recruiting classes at the wide receiver spot make numbers going into the 2017 class interesting. Nebraska does graduate four scholarship wide receivers at the end of the year: Jordan Westerkamp, Lane Hovey, Alonzo Moore and Brandon Reilly.
If Nebraska was able to land McQuitty and Johnson Jr., they wouldn’t be done, but they also wouldn’t reach.
We at this point are calling Johnson a near lock.
WHAT WE DON’T KNOW:
How does the health of De’Mornay Pierson-El affect recruiting at the position? If for some reason he’s slow to come back from his leg/knee injury, would they consider redshirting him?