Mike Riley coached wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson at USC in the mid-1990s, and now the Nebraska head coach will get the opportunity to coach Keyshawn Johnson Jr. The younger Johnson committed to Nebraska on Wednesday, choosing the Huskers over offers from his father's alma mater, as well as Ohio State, Texas and others.
The relationship between Riley and Johnson was a key factor in why Johnson Jr. ended up choosing the Huskers. Johnson Jr. is the No. 159-ranked prospect in the 2017 class and happens to play the same position as his father.
Johnson's commitment gives Nebraska four ESPN 300 commitments in the past two recruiting classes and might not be the last commitment for Nebraska from his school. The Huskers are also targeting ESPN Junior 300 cornerback Darnay Holmes and quarterback Tristan Gebbia, both out of Calabasas (Calif.) High School.
Nebraska now has three commitments in the 2017 class.