Nebraska’s defensive end coach Mike Dawson, who is in charge of recruiting the Northeast for the Huskers, commented a couple of weeks ago regarding how recruits in that area of the country feel about the staff’s plans to reignite the program.
One of those recruits is wide receiver Marlyn Johnson, a wide receiver from Ambler, Pa., but one who attends the Peddie School in New Jersey.
Dawson, who was an assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2013-15, extended the offer to Johnson on March 1. Since then, offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Troy Walters has spoken with him the most, according to Johnson. So far, the conversations he’s had with anybody related to Nebraska has piqued his interest.
“Based on the conversations I’ve had with them and some of the other staff, I really like the staff,” Johnson told Land of 10.
Things have progressed to the point Johnson hopes to be in Lincoln within the month to see what Walters and Dawson are pitching him in person.
“I’m planning to hopefully go to the spring game April 21,” he said.
One local program has made a noticeably concerted effort to land Johnson, who does not yet have a rating in the composite rankings, but is rated as a 3-star prospect by 247Sports independently.
“The school who hits me [up] most frequently is Rutgers, I would say,” he said.
Johnson said he has no timeline for commitment but would like to wait until after his senior season to make a decision.
Earlier in March, North Carolina offered Johnson while he was there on an official visit. This last weekend, he took an unofficial visit to Boston College. He has plans to visit several other schools as well, but has not set dates yet.
Rutgers, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Duke have also hosted Johnson for visits.
At 6-foot-4, Johnson says he can use his physicality in the passing game as an advantage. However, he knows there are aspects of his game he needs to improve if he wants to excel in college.
“Some of my strengths are my size, hands, physicality and ability to win 50-50 balls,” Johnson said. “Some things I could work on are agility and speed.”
Nebraska won’t have too much of an East Coast presence on the recruiting trail, but landed defensive end Casey Rogers from upstate New York in the 2018 class, with Dawson taking the lead on that recruitment.