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Nebraska extends a sixth WR offer in 2020 class
He may not have expected it, but he welcomed it anyway.
Jordan Johnson, who just finished his sophomore season at De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis, received his first scholarship offer Wednesday night, courtesy of Nebraska. The 2020 wideout told 247Sports he had no idea an offer, particularly from Nebraska, was headed his way.
“I was shocked,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t prepared for the news, to be honest, but I was just grateful and ready to tell my mom for sure.”
Blessed to recieve my first offer from the University of Nebraska! pic.twitter.com/6hwPUIBV6a
— Jordan Johnson (@jjohnsonj1) November 15, 2017
The next step for the Huskers will be to familiarize Johnson with the program and possibly bring him to campus for an unofficial visit.
“I don’t really know a lot about Nebraska,” Johnson admitted. “I have watched a few games, but that’s about it. Hopefully, soon I can talk to coaches and set up a visit.”
As a matter of fact, Johnson isn’t totally aware of exactly which schools are recruiting him right now. But he’s excited to see his name earn an offer so early in his recruitment.
“Currently, I don’t know what other schools are recruiting me,” he said. “But once I hear from coaches and get a chance to talk to them I can hopefully set up visits.”
Johnson already possesses solid size at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, even if he does not grow. His frame also should be able to add some pounds. He is not yet rated by any recruiting services. Johnson’s sophomore-season highlights are below.
For De Smet, Johnson showed off his big-play ability by averaging 25.2 yards per reception. He caught 26 passes for 655 yards this season, according to STLhighschoolsports.com.
Johnson became the sixth receiver the Huskers have offered in the 2020 class, accounting for almost half of the 13 total offers the Huskers have handed out in that class.
The other 5 2020 wideouts with offers
Keith Williams has done the most legwork with the 2020 class, as the Nebraska receivers coach has already offered six prospects who are finishing up their sophomore seasons. To be that committed to the future is commendable, and there’s nothing wrong with getting a head start. Obviously, it gives Williams — a coach who lands recruits through his people skills — ample time to build relationships.
Let’s take a quick look at the other five receivers in the 2020 class who have offers from Nebraska:
Johnny Wilson (4 stars, Calabasas, Calif.): Williams loves to delve into the “Calibraska” pipeline for receivers. Why stop now? Early rankings have Wilson as the No. 4 wideout in his class.
Elias Ricks (4 stars, Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif.): The No. 23 wide receiver nationally in his class, Ricks earned a bevy of offers in June, with the Huskers first to offer.
Zeriah Beason (Bishop Dunne, Dallas): The younger brother of Marquez Beason, a 4-star athlete in the 2019 recruiting class, Zeriah Beason holds six offers. Williams’ relationship with the elder Beason serves a two-fold purpose, in this case.
LV Bunkley-Shelton (Junipero Serra, Gardena, Calif.): Bunkley-Shelton took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame on Nov. 4 and has six offers. He is not yet rated.
Zavier Betts (Bellevue West, Bellevue, Neb.): Betts became the first 2020 in-state prospect to earn an offer from the Huskers in October. We wrote about it here.
Missouri as a skill-position pipeline
Johnson is not the only skill player from the St. Louis area in the 2020 class to receive an early offer from Nebraska. All-purpose back Mookie Cooper picked one up about two weeks ago. Evidently, the Nebraska coaching staff is looking at Missouri, particularly the Kansas City and St. Louis areas, as breeding grounds for skill players.
Of the 10 Nebraska commits in the 2018 class, two are from Missouri: 4-star athlete Mario Goodrich, who is expected to play cornerback in college, and 4-star wide receiver Cameron Brown. Goodrich is from the Kansas City area, while Brown is from St. Louis.
Nebraska offered 193 prospects in the 2018 class, with nine of those offers going to Missouri products. It was the fourth-most allotted to one state, behind only California, Texas and Florida, and tied with Georgia.
Missouri’s two metropolitan areas — St. Louis and Kansas City — are within Nebraska’s coveted 500-mile radius that it seeks to dominate on the recruiting front. Major programs in the region (Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Illinois) have experienced tough times recently, although Oklahoma poses an obvious threat, as in the case of Ronnie Perkins.
Recruiting Missouri is practical. It’s proved moderately effective (so far). There’s no reason for it to stop anytime soon.
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