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Jermaine Johnson’s interest in Nebraska ticks up following unofficial visit
The bulk of the visit season is over for prospects, but that does not mean important recruits stop rolling through Lincoln during the spring and summer months. Example A is Jermaine Johnson taking an unofficial visit to Nebraska last week on his way home from school after wrapping up finals at Independence Community College in Kansas.
“It was great,” Johnson told Land of 10. “It was more than I expected.”
Accounting for the fact this was his second Division I visit — during his initial high school recruitment, the Eden Prairie, Minn., native had only been to Minnesota — the visit exceeded expectations.
“I expected great things and great facilities,” Johnson said. “Definitely checked all those off the list, better than I expected.”
Scott Frost stopped by during the visit to see the outside linebacker prospect and the two were able to chat for a little, although Johnson said Nebraska’s coach appeared to be in a hurry. With the rest of the staff on the road recruiting, he received a tour and hung out with Huskers director of player personnel Sean Dillon for the entire visit. Johnson’s brother and a friend from school also accompanied him during the trip.
In addition to viewing the facilities, Johnson’s itinerary contained the usual for recruits— walking out onto the Memorial Stadium field and trying on the uniforms. Walking out onto the field was special for Johnson, he said, because he’d never experienced anything like that before.
“It was just crazy,” the 6-foot-6 prospect said. “Ninety-thousand fans, I could just envision it.”
Did the moment allow him to ponder the possibility of playing for the Huskers in 2019?
“Yeah, definitely,” Johnson said.
Johnson has already met outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt and running backs coach Ryan Held, but wants to talk to them more and get to know them better.
“I’m a guy that’s really big on character,” he said. “I just really want to grow and build relationships with this staff. I want to be comfortable with who I play with. I’d say just building the relationship and growing together.”
However, Nebraska wasn’t the only school to host Johnson over the weekend. Nearby Minnesota also brought him in for an unofficial visit, which was cut short because Johnson and his siblings had scheduled a Mother’s Day massage for his mom as a present. He’ll be back with the Gophers on May 22 for a fuller experience.
Just last week, Johnson said he didn’t plan on committing any time soon. But the two visits may accelerate his recruitment.
“It definitely helps open my eyes to different things, being on campus and seeing and meeting people,” “Like I said before, my biggest thing is meeting people and studying them and seeing what they’re about. … It’ll help speed it up a little bit.”
Dillon’s main pitch to Johnson revolved around the idea that he could be part of the turnaround defensive coordinator Erik Chinander is striving for on the defensive side of the ball.
“Just how I could be a key element to the revival and how I can be a key element to the defense,” Johnson said.
The message appealed to him.
“It’d be great to be a part of rebuilding something,” Johnson said. “It’d just be great to be a key part of that. Of course it was appealing. There’s no [downside] to Nebraska. There’s no cons that I saw.”
— Jermaine Johnson II (@ii_jermaine) May 10, 2018
Nebraska recruiting: Pair of D-line offers go out
Nebraska has already offered one Lackawanna Community College prospect, tackle Anthony Whigan. Over the weekend, the Huskers offered another in defensive tackle Savion Williams.
The Baltimore native is 6-4 and 315 pounds. For reference, his name on Twitter is “Qb’s Worst Nightmare.” Williams has seven offers, including Maryland, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, West Virginia and Temple. The Terrapins figure to be the team to beat in the early going for Williams.
The Huskers offered defensive end Drake Jackson on Sunday. The Corona (Calif.) Centennial standout is 6-4 and 260 pounds. He’s a 4-star prospect and the No. 27 weakside defensive end and No. 356 overall prospect in the class. Jackson holds 12 offers total, with Illinois being the only other Big Ten team on the list.
Southern California is the favorite for Jackson, holding all six of the predictions in his 247Sports Crystal Ball.
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