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Junior day visit stands out to Rahmir Johnson
Nebraska’s coaches contact 4-star running back Rahmir Johnson frequently enough. But after months of communication via texts, direct messages and phone calls, the Oradell, N.J., native was ready to meet the staff in person.
“Most definitely,” Johnson told Land of 10. “I wanted to see the campus. I wanted to meet the coaches, instead of texting on the phone. That really helped, for me coming out here.”
Junior day in Lincoln on Saturday met Johnson’s expectations, and left him with an even more positive impression of the Huskers.
“The visit was great, had a good time,” Johnson said.
Johnson met with the coaching staff and was able to have some 1-on-1 time with coach Scott Frost and running backs coach Ryan Held. It was the first time he interacted with Held in person.
The conversations made Johnson — the No. 20 running back and No. 333 overall prospect in Class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings — feel like a priority recruit.
“Basically how I would be a great fit for the offense and how I would make a difference for the program to excel,” Johnson said.
Other parts of the trip stood out to the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Johnson.
“I liked the tour, seeing around the campus,” he said.
But watching Nebraska practice was his favorite part of the day.
“I thought it was good, very high tempo,” Johnson said. “They play fast, which I like. I thought it was pretty good.”
So how would Johnson rate his visit to Nebraska?
“Definitely like a 9,” Johnson said at first, before amending the score. “No wait, a 10. Definitely a 10. Ten out of 10.”
The Nebraska visit came one day after Johnson checked out Ole Miss.
“Ole Miss was great. I had a great time there, also,” he said.
The Huskers and the Rebels both provided memorable days for Johnson, leaving him with plenty to consider.
“I saw a lot of similarities,” Johnson said. “I saw some differences.”
By Saturday night, Johnson was traveling back to Kansas City, Mo., for his flight back to New Jersey on Sunday morning.
For the remainder of the spring, Johnson will be focusing on track season. He has no other visits planned right now.
Johnson estimated that there were approximately 50 recruits on campus. He and EJ Ndoma-Ogar, a 4-star guard from Texas, became fast friends during the visit. Johnson said they would try to keep in touch throughout their recruitments.
“He’s a big dude,” Johnson said of the 6-3 Ndoma-Ogar, an Allen, Texas, native. “You need those guys at the next level and be friends with them early.
“He liked [Nebraska] a lot.”
New staff’s first junior day a success
Clemson hosted its first junior day in January. Several SEC schools had junior days throughout February and March. Obviously, this was not the case for the Huskers, who hosted their first junior day on Saturday. There’s another one scheduled for the upcoming weekend.
But despite the late timing in the cycle, Nebraska’s first junior day should be seen as a success. The staff brought in key out-of-state targets, such as Johnson, Ndoma-Ogar and 3-star linebacker Luke Fulton (Youngstown, Ohio). The Huskers also took advantage of bringing in targets from the Kansas City area and in-state recruits.
Having Nebraska legend Tom Osborne on hand certainly helped. Bringing recruits in to watch a practice, albeit the third one with the new coaching staff, is a solid idea because it shines a light on how they coach up players. By giving recruits an image of what it would be like to play under the coaches, it satisfies an important dynamic of the decision-making process.
Frost and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander addressed the crop of prospects, giving their takes on what they’re looking for in recruits. They also talked about what the opportunity to coach at Nebraska meant to them.
From conversations with several recruits on campus Saturday, the day was largely successful and left a positive impression on all in attendance.
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