Official Visit done for Johnson

Keelan Johnson has been a Nebraska commit for awhile now. But like most other commits to Nebraska , he's been evaluating and Reevaluating his decision. One thing he definitely wanted to do was get up to Nebraska on his official and meet the new coaches. He's done that. So, what's the verdict for him?

Unlike many kids who are taking their official visits to a school outside of the region they live, current Husker commit Keelan Johnson had seen the Nebraska campus firsthand. It was at one of Nebraska 's summer camps where he impressed the old staff enough to garner an offer, his commit to the Huskers following not long afterward.

It's been a bit of a bumpy ride since then.

Like many of the Husker commits, Keelan has been looking at other options he has in regard to where he would like to spend his college days. He's had a few choices, but the one which seemed to come up consistently was that of the Arizona State Sun Devils. But Johnson needed to visit Nebraska again, just to be sure what he wanted to do, and finally meet his potential future head coach.

Now that the visit is in the rearview mirror, Johnson said that he came away impressed with the new staff. "I had talked to coach Ekeler already, but I obviously wanted to meet coach Pelini and see what he was like," Johnson said. "They seem like a bunch of great guys who like to have fun, but are serious about what they do.

"Coach Pelini seemed like a great guy and you can tell he's really energetic about the game."

The official visit, especially for an Arizona kid, probably didn't come at the ideal time. It's almost mid-December, which means it's a little colder than Johnson is used to and there's a lot of snow on the ground. That was new to Johnson. "I have seen snow before, but not all over the ground like it was there," he said. "But we got into a couple snowball fights, which was fun."

While on his visit, Johnson said that he had a chance to go out with coaches, but also some fellow Arizonians in freshmen linemen Marcel Jones and Jaivorio Burkes along with Prince Amukamara.

That kind of connection to the Husker program is good, and meeting the coaches was also a good experience, Johnson said.

Now, it's a matter of distance.

"Distance obviously wasn't a big deal to me, because I committed to Nebraska ," he said. "But I am just thinking now of whether I want to get out of the state or play closer to home. We have basketball coming up this week, so I don't know that I will have a real chance to concentrate on this until after that's done."

Another aspect Johnson was happy with was that the original Nebraska staff recruited him to play on defense, more than likely at the safety position. Arizona State has been recruiting him as an athlete, but said they would try him first on the offensive side of the ball.

The Husker head coach said to Johnson that they will try him wherever he'd like to play, and see how that works out for him. Keelan said that he liked at least the opportunity to see where he fits in the best. "If I played defense, I would probably play corner, because I like that better than safety," he said. "But they would give me an opportunity to play on the offensive side first.

"So, it's just a matter of figuring out what I want to do as far as playing inside or outside the state. Hopefully, I can figure that out soon."

Stay tuned as we'll keep you up-to-date on Johnson's ultimate decision on whether he's still a future Husker or will be ASU bound.

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