In building a solid offense, the main components begin up front with the offensive lineman. Nebraska continues its task from last year in scouring the country for the best, brightest and, in this case, biggest prospects they can find. One in particular from the East Coast has the Huskers intrigued and he's taking the process pretty seriously from the get go.
Carl Johnson is a mountain of a man that rivals the size of the
Appalachians. Standing at 6'6", weighing in at 330
pounds and boasting a 5.1 40 yard dash, Carl anchors the tackle positions for
the Southern High School football team.
His strength is coming along quite nicely as he benches 330 pounds,
squats 500 pounds and power cleans 330 pounds. Carl's father is the offensive line
coach for Southern High and watched the young man rack up 70 pancakes in his
junior season. He was named
All-Area, All-Conference and All-State at his position for the campaign.
Currently, he is holding offers from a number of schools including
Nebraska, Virginia, Oklahoma, Duke,
North Carolina and Tennessee. He claims no favorite at this time and
will be attending several camps in the upcoming weeks including the Adidas Camp
at Tennessee, the Nike Camp at
Georgia and a camp at
North Carolina along with a second at
Tennessee. Carl sights his strong points as his
desire to never lose, his drive blocking, athletic ability and his ability to
both run block and do well in pass protection.
Hailing from Durham, North
Carolina, Carl had the opportunity to grow up around
several tradition-rich colleges in the ACC and SEC and, indeed, he had a
favorite picked out. "Florida State, but as I got older, I couldn't lean
on them because other colleges would say that this kid's going here so I had to
look at it more a prospect than a fan," said Johnson. Despite living deep within the country
of the two aforementioned conferences, Carl does possess quite a bit of interest
in Nebraska. "I think it's a good program. Since
you've got a new head coach, you've got to get the right amount of players. They had a great year in
recruiting. Once the players get in
the system, they'll be rolling just like they did when they had back to back
national championships," said Johnson.
Nebraska has begun initiating contact with
Carl and according to Mr. Johnson, they kept it simple. "They just sent me the offer, they
didn't send me flowers or ask me how I was doing, they just got straight to the
point," he said. Carl mentions that
the offer is highly regarded, as well.
"It means a lot, if you look at the history of Nebraska, they were
predominantly an option-based team and they need a good offensive line,
hopefully it's still that way," he said.
In discussing what factors would be big for Carl in his final decision,
he stated, "Traveling, of course, because I want my parents to come see me play
and I'm looking at a school that can help me when it comes down to academics,"
he said. He also mentioned that
tradition is definitely big to him.
Carl plans to study Human Resources Development so that he can become a
teacher or a coach.
comes down to visits, Carl listed a few places he absolutely wanted to
visit. "Nebraska, Southern Cal so
I can visit their campus, Tennessee or
Miami. I've never been to Nebraska, but my dad was
talking about it so we're going to take a couple unofficial visits, see how the
football atmosphere is there," said Johnson.