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Rahmir Johnson will be on campus this weekend
Rahmir Johnson has been feeling the love from Nebraska since Dec. 20, the day the 4-star running back prospect from Oradell, N.J., picked up an offer from the Cornhuskers.
Now, Johnson has decided to make one of his first college visits at Nebraska, which will host a junior day this weekend. Johnson will be one of the headliners on the guest list. Johnson will be at Ole Miss on Friday before arriving in Nebraska on Saturday.
Johnson, the No. 20 running back and No. 333 overall prospect in the Class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite, said he set up the visit a month ago.
“I want to see the campus, the coaches,” Johnson told Land of 10.
More specifically, Johnson wants to meet the man who would be in charge of his future meeting room — running backs coach Ryan Held. Nebraska coach Scott Frost was the one who offered Johnson and the two have maintained contact. Johnson said he is looking forward to seeing Frost again and to adding another chapter to their relationship.
Johnson has heard Nebraska has great facilities, so he wants to be sure to see the full scale of those. He knows the coaching staff is well-respected. Johnson said he also wants to take notes on the “personality” of the campus environment, including potential future teammates and classmates. His former youth football coach, William Scott, will accompany Johnson on the trip.
Johnson doesn’t have any other visits planned right now. He is running track, which makes scheduling trips on weekends difficult. (His first meet is Monday. He runs the 100- and 200-meter events.)
Everything Nebraska has done regarding Johnson has indicated he’s a priority, including the early offer and Frost leading the way. For Nebraska to host Johnson on its first junior day adds to that theme, he said.
“I’m looking for a school that’s interesting,” Johnson said. “[Some schools] are texting me every day, making sure I’m OK, so that would be good when I’m making my choice of college.”
Johnson said he does not plan to commit until he wraps up his senior season at Bergen Catholic. He previously visited Boston College, which is making a push, he said. He also checked out North Carolina in January. Rutgers, Johnson’s in-state program, also will make every effort to keep him home. Nunzio Campanile, Johnson’s former coach at Bergen Catholic, is now the running backs coach with the Scarlet Knights, so that’s a key card Rutgers can play throughout his recruitment.
Marcus Hicks still locked in for junior day
Marcus Hicks, a 4-star outside linebacker from Wichita, Kan., will be at junior day, his father confirmed to Land of 10.
The Hickses set up the visit to meet with the Huskers’ new staff weeks ago. They checked out Nebraska last season under the previous coaching staff, so the emphasis of this visit will be on relationships and fit within the scheme, rather than tours of the campus or facilities.
“Really getting familiar with their scheme and the system, and what their plans are for Marcus, is a priority,” Marcus’ father, Kelvin, told Land of 10 earlier this month.
Hicks is the No. 15 weakside defensive end and No. 253 overall prospect. During the visits, Nebraska’s defensive assistants are expected to lay out their plan for how they envision Hicks in their 3-4 scheme — either at outside linebacker or defensive end.
“I’m very interested and excited and curious to see what they have planned for him,” Kelvin said. “He’s willing to try anything. He’ll do whatever coaches ask him to do.”
Held has led the recruitment for Hicks, so this is shaping up to be a busy weekend for him.
Pair of receivers, more recruits heading to Nebraska
Hicks and Johnson won’t be the only prospects in town for junior day. A pair of receivers from St. Louis, Maurice Massey and CJ Boone, also are expected to visit this weekend. Boone tweeted the news earlier this week. Both are 3-star recruits. Massey committed to Iowa State in December; Boone still is uncommitted.
HuskerOnline’s Nate Clouse reports in-state athlete DJ Gross will be at junior day. Gross attends McCook High School and is listed as a linebacker and tight end.
A Kansas City-area prospect also will make his way to Lincoln. Christian Carter, an athlete who attends Lee’s Summit North, confirmed to Land of 10 he will be at junior day. Carter can play quarterback and safety. Once again, this is a Held recruit. He was an honorable mention all-conference selection last season.
Carter holds just one offer right now, from Missouri Western State. Several Power 5 schools are showing interest, he said. Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas and Iowa State all have reached out. The schools that are recruiting him hardest are Missouri State, Iowa State, North Dakota, Southern Illinois and Northern Iowa.
Carter said Held told him he likes his film and wants to meet him on campus. He plays quarterback at Lee’s Summit, but most schools are interested in him at defensive back or slot receiver. He has no preference of which side of the ball he plays.
“I want to see their nice stadium and just see how it is on campus there,” Carter said. “If I got offered [during] my visit, that would make a great memory.”
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