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The Harvest does not typically throw down predictions on recruits, so instead of saying yes or no, we’ll just say this: It’s doubtful Jaylon Johnson, the 4-star cornerback from Fresno, Calif., commits to Nebraska on Friday.
Johnson announced on Twitter this week that he will choose his school on Friday during his Senior Night.
Announcing my commitment this Friday night at my senior night, tune in! ??? https://t.co/mPl6UY0ufN
— Jaylon Johnson (@jayboyjohnson01) October 26, 2016
Johnson is the No. 9 corner in the 2017 class and No. 9 recruit from California. He visited Nebraska on Oct. 1 but has since visited Utah and Arizona State.
It seems like right now the race for Johnson is between Arizona State and USC.
The announcement that he is going to decide on a school came only a few days after his Arizona State visit, so it could have been a done deal when he flew out last weekend.
On the other hand, 247sports Crystal Ball predictions currently have Johnson at a 100 percent chance to go to USC.
The corner position is pretty packed for Nebraska at the moment. The Huskers start two junior corners in Josh Kalu and Chris Jones. Behind them are freshman Lamar Jackson, junior Boaz Joseph and redshirt freshman Eric Lee.
So signs seem to point to Johnson going elsewhere.
If Johnson does commit to Nebraska, he’ll be the 16th commit and first defensive back in the 2017 class.
If he doesn’t, Nebraska does have a few top prospects they’re recruiting heavily at cornerback.
Darnay Holmes is a 5-star CB/WR from Calabasas (Calif.) High School, the same school as 4-star quarterback commit Tristan Gebbia and 4-star WR commit Keyshawn Johnson Jr. Holmes visited Nebraska in September and has been high on the Huskers’ list.
Nebraska also has an offer out to Dallas prospect Chevin Calloway, who is still an Iowa commit but visited Nebraska on Oct. 1. Calloway is a 4-star defensive back and the No. 12 corner in the 2017 class.
Regardless, Nebraska really isn’t hurting in the corner position right now as a program.
If Jones doesn’t leave for the NFL next year, Nebraska will have another year of the Jones-Kalu duo. If Jones does leave, freshman Lamar Jackson has gotten plenty of playing time this year and should fit in just fine for Jones’ position. Behind Jackson is Joseph and Lee, and defensive backs coach Brian Stewart has said they are coming along well this season as backups.
If Johnson ends up at Arizona State or USC, it won’t be a giant loss to the 2017 class, but don’t be shocked if Stewart and Nebraska try to score a big corner recruit in the 2018 class.