What Was The Purpose Of Florida Commit's Visit?

When the word broke, news traveled about as fast as it can in Nebraska when it comes to matters dealing with the football team. Carl Johnson, a Florida commitment, was heard to be coming in to attend the Wake Forest/Nebraska football game. Was he looking around for a new school? Was this unofficial visit more than meets the eye? We sat down with Carl to answer the questions once and for all.

Carl Johnson is an absolute beast of an offensive lineman.  A commitment to the Florida Gators, Johnson and his coach/guardian had heard for well over a year an a half about Nebraska football from a work associate of Carl's mother.  The two decided to finally see just what it was all about and hitched a plane to Lincoln, Nebraska to watch the Cornhuskers take on the Demon Deacons.

Johnson admits that the tradition and the facilities lived up to his expectations and he has rather grandiose thoughts of Nebraska's future, however, he said, "I am 100% committed to Florida."  While watching the game, not so much as a recruit, but as a college football fan, Carl was impressed with the average Cornhusker fan's attentiveness to both the team and the recruits.  "I like the fans.  Nebraska has some very cool fans and they do their best to make any recruit feel at home," he said.

Johnson commented that once Nebraska's new facilities are completed, he felt that recruits from all over the country would swarm to get a chance to wear the cream shell with a scarlet "N".  "Not to disrespect Nebraska, I think when they get the facilities up it's going to be great, but I'm still a Gator, I'd never had any idea of waivering, I'm just wanted to see.  When they get the facilities going, though, every kid in the country is going to want to come," he said.

Carl spent most of his time with a current Nebraska commitment, Josh Freeman along with current recruits Bruce Campbell and David Ausberry.  "We were all laughing and playing like we were old friends.  We never really talked about commitments. We were just getting to know each other on a personal level," he said.

Johnson took note of Nebraska's ability to capitalize quickly on Wake Forest's multiple mistakes and said he almost wished the game was closer so the fans could really show their stuff.  He also praised the Tunnel Walk as, "very exciting." 

All in all?  Johnson ranked the experience as a 7 ½-8 mostly because he wanted to see the new facilities up and running, but he was still impressed with what he envisioned and though he is a Gator now, he has nothing but respect and admiration for Nebraska and their program.


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