Meet the players who plan to don Husker red in the coming years.

High school

My school: Bergen Catholic (Oradell, New Jersey).

Positions: Running back, kick returner.

This week: Bergen Catholic has a 1-0 record going into another game against an out-of-state team, Archbishop Wood of Warminster, Pennsylvania. The game will be played on Saturday afternoon at the Rutgers football stadium. Last week, Bergen Catholic traveled to Georgia to play Grayson, winning 34-22. Johnson rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Bergen Catholic is ranked No. 5 in the USA Today national poll.

Rankings: A four-star recruit according to Rivals.com, Johnson is the No. 5 ranked all-purpose back in the country in the 2019 class.

Other sports: Track.

The college life

Projected position at NU: Running back.

First contact with the Huskers: “Around December, I had a player on my team that was being recruited by Nebraska and they talked to him a lot more, and then coach (Scott) Frost called and told me he was going to offer me a scholarship.”

My final schools: Rutgers, Nebraska, Boston College and Ole Miss.

Date committed: May 5.

The moment I knew I wanted to be a Husker … : “When I went on an unofficial visit in the spring, I just liked the hospitality that was down there. They were showing me how much they care and showing me around and having me meet all of the players. And the relationship I had with the coaches, it kind of sealed the deal.”

If I wrote my recruiting profile

Height: 5-foot-10.

Weight: 175-pounds.

Mel Kiper would say: “Versatile. Fast, fast, fast. Elusive.”

Quick hits

On watching a Nebraska spring football practice: “The tempo definitely stood out to me. I really liked that.”

On his high school team playing out-of-state teams: “We play a national schedule, so we play against some of the best teams in the country every year. It really prepares us for the next level in college. You play against a lot of good defenses and players.”

-- Brent C. Wagner


Sports reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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