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As Nebraska’s coaching staff spends most of its time this month on the road evaluating players, one key target is coming to Lincoln this weekend to evaluate campus.

That’s outside linebacker Jermaine Johnson of Independence (Kansas) Community College, who will be arriving for an unofficial visit Friday afternoon. Johnson is ranked a four-star prospect by 247Sports and the No. 4 overall junior college prospect in the country for the 2019 class.

Listed at 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds, Johnson has put on a significant amount of weight since his days as a relatively lightly recruited prospect at Eden Prairie High in Minnesota. There, of course, he was teammates with current Nebraska wide receiver JD SPielman and played for Mike Grant, the son of Minnesota Vikings legend Bud Grant.

Johnson already figured to be a sought-after player, but his recruitment has exploded in recent weeks. Since landing an offer from the Huskers in early April, Johnson has picked up offers from Miami, Arizona State, TCU, USC and Arizona, adding to an existing list that already included Georgia, Oregon and Colorado among others.

As a freshman defensive end at Independence, Johnson recorded 58 tackles, eight sacks and three fumble recoveries.

Johnson has the ability to stand up or play on the line depending on the system, but given his range and athleticism, NU would likely give him a shot at playing outside linebacker.

Contact the writer at or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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