Nebraska finished the 2018 recruiting class on a strong note thanks to the efforts of Scott Frost and his staff, but expect the Corhuskers to take the next step with a successful 2019 class. Land of 10’s Chris Bumbaca will answer a recruiting question of the day every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Today’s question focuses on running back Garrison Johnson. Ask him a question on Twitter (@BOOMbaca or @Landof10Huskers) or on Facebook. Find our previous questions and answers here.
What happened to Garrison Johnson? Is the new staff not recruiting him?
— Travis J (@TJ_GoBigRed) April 6, 2018
Our previous question of the day considered the top running back targets for Nebraska at this point in the cycle. Garrison Johnson, a 3-star running back from Manvel, Texas, was left off the list because I was not sure how much contact the Huskers had with Johnson since the coaching change. He received an offer from the Mike Riley’s coaching staff on Oct. 11, 2016.
Turns out, running backs coach Ryan Held and Johnson talk weekly, Johnson said.
“Just normal conversations,” Johnson told Land of 10. “And that they really want me to get back up there soon.”
Between school and spring practice of his own, Johnson has no plans to visit this spring. But he would like to take an official visit to Lincoln during next season.
Johnson visited Lincoln for Nebraska’s spring game last year.
Nebraska Visit!🌽🔴⚪️ 🖤☠️ pic.twitter.com/Pw9Fd1BgOG
— G Boogie ひ (@lilgarry_1) April 15, 2017
According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Johnson is the No. 63 running back and No. 923 overall prospect in the class.
Johnson holds six other offers: Indiana, Syracuse, Texas-San Antonio, SMU, Virgninia and South Alabama. He’s taken unofficial visits to Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Houston and Oklahoma State. He’s also visited with SMU a couple of times.
The continued effort from Held is appreciated by Johnson, who wants to get to know him and the rest of the staff better.
“Just continue to build that relationship,” he said.
Nebraska has shown Johnson love on social media.
GBR LOVE❤️ pic.twitter.com/PxnM4jxTZT
— G Boogie ひ (@lilgarry_1) March 5, 2018
Maurice Washington, a 4-star signee in the 2018 recruiting class, played his final year of high school ball in Texas, so the staff has set a precedent of recruiting running backs from the state.
Johnson may not be one of Held’s top targets at the position, but the continued communication is telling. Johnson’s 247Sports Crystal Ball is interesting, with three of the four predictions being “cloudy” while the other one is in favor of the Huskers. With running back recruiting escalating, the Huskers — and Johnson — will have a better idea of where they stand in the coming weeks.
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