Keyshawn Johnson Jr. Helps Proway to SoCal Championship
by Lorenzo Reyna
Keyshawn Johnson Jr. said he “Wanted to blaze his own path” in his commitment video via Bleacher Report that was released on Wednesday, March 23. That path will soon take the son of the renown USC and NFL star to Lincoln, Neb., as the Passing Down alum and Calabasas High star wide receiver chose the Nebraska Cornhuskers as his future college team, ending one of the most watched recruiting processes for the Class of 2017.
Just three days prior to making his decision, Johnson Jr. provided some clutch catches and fearlessness across the middle of the field for his club team Pro Way Hot Boyz, who breezed through the ultra-competitive 62-team field and took home Passing Down’s Southern California Regional championship at Fontana’s Ralph Lewis Sports Park.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound target, who is listed as a 4-Star prospect among national recruiting websites, emerged as the underneath security blanket for the SoCal champs. He showed his dependable hands, an incredible focus with timing his routes and catches and lastly, showed a strong burst off the line of scrimmage.
The younger Johnson’s verbal commitment to the Big 10 school is significant for Nebraska in three ways.
1) Johnson Jr. is the first 4-Star receiver commit for Nebraska since Jordan Westerkamp joined the ‘Huskers in 2012; the same Westerkamp who has emerged as an All-Big 10 selection and Fred Biletnikoff Award watch list nominee.
2) Johnson Jr. gives the 6-7 Cornhuskers some star power in Lincoln. His name and field potential could give Nebraska its most popular football star since Ndamukong Suh wore the red and white.
3) Johnson Jr. committing to Nebraska is not only considered a recruiting coup for head coach Mike Riley, but a big time pickup for receivers coach Keith Williams. Known as “Dub” among his peers, Williams has helped send eight of his former receivers to the NFL. Johnson Jr. turned down offers from Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and his dad’s alma mater USC to join Nebraska’s 2017 class. He’s expected to join former Passing Down alums Patrick O’Brien (B2G 5-Star) and Lavan Alston (B2G 5-Star) in the Great Plains.