Calabasas high school (Cali.) four-star wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. made another trip to Nebraska on Saturday for the Huskers’ Red-White game. At this point, the junior commit has made too many trips to Lincoln to keep count.
Johnson has closely watched Nebraska since the beginning of the Mike Riley era and feels the team is trending in the right direction.
“With the circumstances I think they are doing pretty well from what I have seen,” said Johnson. “I think they are going to do well this year.”
With fellow teammate Tristan Gebbia (four-star Nebraska quarterback commit) in town for another return trip as well, Johnson took on a recruiting coordinator type role with seven other California prospects getting their first glimpse of Nebraska.
“They were sort of like I was at first. They hear Nebraska and don’t think it’s necessarily a place where they want to be,” said Johnson. “They are from California and it’s sunny. They think Nebraska and three months out of the year it’s snowing. But they got here and they were star struck by it. The fan base knew their names, knew their high schools, wanted autographs.
“We just led them through the facilities, which I sort of know like the back of my hand. I think they enjoyed it.”
Johnson says Nebraska isn’t a hard sell, but the weather can be tricky.
“I don’t think it’s a big deal. I came when it was snowing once to get the experience and it wasn’t bad at all,” said Johnson. “It’s getting easier because they are seeing guys who are interested that are outside of Nebraska. Guys like Marquel (Dismuke) and Lamar (Jackson). Once guys get there, they know what we are trying to sell.”
Johnson and Calabasas will start spring practices on April 30. The soon to be senior is expected to make a return trip to Lincoln in the summer.