Wide Receiver Prospect Likes Huskers

When Bill Callahan became the head coach at Nebraska, Michael Johnson became a Nebraska fan. While he has always liked Nebraska, Johnson became enamored with Callahan's innovative offensive philosophies as a Raiders fan, and knows that Nebraska is a team that will be throwing the ball to its wide receivers with far greater regularity.

Believing that his combination of good speed and great hands will fit in well with what Callahan is trying to achieve in Lincoln, Michael is very interested in the Husker program. How interested?

Suffice it to say that all Bill Callahan has to do is ask. "I saw what Coach Callahan did for the Raiders, and I like the West Coast Offense," said Johnson. "If Nebraska were to offer, I really would have to consider." When pressed, Michael admits that he would have to talk it over with his parents, but that he "would probably" commit almost immediately. Until that happens, Michael's favorite list starts with the Huskers, followed by Arizona, Colorado, and USC. His visit list tentatively would include those same teams plus Oregon State.

Unfortunately, right now Michael is hearing more from Arizona, Colorado, USC, and more recently, Nevada, than he is hearing from Nebraska. No school has extended an offer yet, but Johnson knows that like most prospects, a big year can change things very quickly. As a junior, Johnson had 25 catches for 632 yards (25.28 ypc), and scored 10 touchdowns. His speed is 4.5 in the forty, but Michael feels that his hands are his strength - - enough so that he considers himself a possession receiver despite his tremendous YPC numbers. With a 34" vertical jump and a growing 6-2 frame, Michael can go after balls that other receivers might not get to - - a skill he was able to show off at the Berkley MSL Camp and the Nike Combine at Stanford University, where he was slotted with the elite group of quarterbacks and receivers.

As Bill Callahan and company sort through their lists of receiving prospects, will there be a scholarship for Michael Johnson? Stay tuned.

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