December 4, 2007
Johnson enjoys ASU
Mesa (Ariz.) senior Keelan Johnson is re-visiting the recruiting process after the firing of the Nebraska coaching staff, to which is was verbally committed. Over the weekend, Johnson made an official visit to check out the local school, Arizona State for its rivalry game with the University of Arizona.
"It was a big game," Johnson said. "A lot of action going on between the players and the fans as well. If was the first one I've been too and the in-state rivalry game definitely measured up to my expectations."
The 6-foot, 195 pound two-way player is the No. 64 ranked safety prospect in the nation by Rivals.com and the No. 19 Arizona recruit.
Arizona, Arizona State and Nebraska have extended scholarship offers. For now, he remains committed to the Cornhuskers, be will examine other options. Arizona and Northern Illinois are possible future visit destinations.
Johnson said he could see himself playing for the Sun Devils.
"I think they do a great job," Johnson said of the Sun Devil coaches. "I really like Coach Yarber the wide receiver coach. He's the type of coach I'd like to play for.
"I liked Arizona State before I committed, I just didn't have an offer from them."
ASU is recruiting Johnson as an athlete. His preference is to play offense at the next level, and he has been told he would be given the opportunity to do so initially at the school, he said.
"They're recruiting me as an athlete. Most likely receiver or running back. I'd like to play either one of them just because that's what I've played longer."
Johnson rushed for 761 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 92 carries as a senior. He also had 19 receptions and two additional touchdowns. Defensively he had 59 tackles, three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.
"I could have done better compared to how I played last year," Johnson said. "I would say our team did better this year. We had a tougher schedule than last year. I would have liked to have better. I did good but wanted to do better. I thought I was going to get a lot more carries. I averaged like 10 carries a game."
Johnson said he felt he'd know more about where he stood in the recruiting process once he speaks to coaches from the new staff at Nebraska.
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