Nebraska Looks To Dip Into New Jersey Yet Again

Nebraska has been known to have some success in New Jersey over the years. The Cornhuskers look to dip back into the state this recruiting cycle and we've caught up with one prospect that has been identified by the Big Red as a potential classmate of the 2005-2006 bunch.

Johnnie Troutman appears to be the kind of prospect that has the near ideal size one is looking for in a defensive end.  He stands 6'5", weighs in at 275 pounds and runs a 4.9 40 yard dash.  He benches 325 pounds, squats 405 pounds and power cleans 205 pounds.  During his junior campaign, he notched up 19 solo tackles, 50 assisted tackles, seven tackles for loss, four sacks and a single fumble recovery.

Troutman had a pretty impressive list of accolades coming out of his junior season being named to the All-County, All-Liberty Division and All-Group Three teams along with being named Second Team All-South Jersey and Second Team All-State.  He currently holds offers from Boston College, Maryland, Rutgers, Ole Miss and Purdue with Nebraska's on the way.  He is also receiving interest from Iowa, Michigan and Virginia amongst others.

He currently claims no favorites and will be attending camps at Penn State and Maryland along with another school as a possibility.  He cites his strengths as his size, his quickness and his strength. 

With an offer from the Cornhuskers on its way, Troutman will soon be amongst a slew of individuals being considered by Nebraska to fill this year's recruiting class.  Johnnie seems excited about this citing several reasons why he is interested in the Big Red.  "They're very attractive," he said.  "It's a good school, nice program, they've got good tradition.  They had 63,000 at the spring game.  That's not bad." 

Troutman admits that he is in the learning stages right now when it comes to all colleges.  He doesn't really have an idea of any colleges that he wants to visit, but he's taking the process slow in the attempt to make sure he'll be in the right place at the right time.  In looking at some of the major factors that will weigh into his decision, Johnnie said, "It's mostly going to be academics.  ‘Do they have what I want at the school?' because football ends at some point," he said.  Troutman insists that both distance and weather will not play into his decision. 

Nebraska has been sending Troutman a decent amount of informational mail and once the offer arrives, expect a few handwritten notes to come his way as well.

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