Michael Johnson Jr. is getting close to wrapping up his recruitment.
The 4-star quarterback from Eugene, Oregon, told The World-Herald he plans on visiting a handful of schools over the next few weeks, and after that, committing.
And the first visit could come as early as this week. And that visit would be to Nebraska.
Johnson is the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class according to 247sports composite. He said he’s being recruited hard by Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco and Scott Frost. When Verduzco visited him earlier this month, the quarterbacks coach told Johnson he’s Nebraska’s No. 1 2019 quarterback target.
“He just told me I was a perfect fit for the offense, and I’m the ideal quarterback that (Coach) Fost would want,” Johnson said. “It was good to hear him say that. A great honor.”
Johnson was a 3-year starter at The King’s Academy in Sunnyvale, California. His junior season, he threw for 1,218 yards, 21 touchdowns and completed 62.4 percent of his passes. He also ran for 745 yards and 12 touchdowns. In total so far in high school, Johnson’s thrown for 5,565 yards, 69 touchdowns, and run for 1,878 yards.
Johnson moved to Eugene after his father was hired as Oregon's wide receivers coach. He'll play at Sheldon High School for his senior season.
“Yeah my dad is the only coach from Oregon who has never talked me about Oregon,” Johnson said. “He’s really good about being dad and not like, trying to recruit me.”
Johnson’s 247sports Crystal Ball currently has Oregon in the lead to land the 4-star quarterback, but Johnson says since Oregon landed the commitment of 3-star quarterback Cale Millen, he’s not heard from the coaches.
Johnson said he talks with Nebraska head coach Scott Frost on the phone or on FaceTime at least once a week.
He also has two other strong connections within the Nebraska athletic department.
His sister, Taylor Johnson, is a track athlete at Nebraska. She just completed her sophomore season. She runs the 200-meters, and long jumps.
“She definitely wants me there,” Johnson said.
Johnson is also close with Nebraska freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez. The two met while they were both being recruited to Cal. Martinez was a commit, Johnson was a silent commit, and the two often talked on the sidelines at games during visits. The two later roomed together for a weekend at an Under Armour camp.
“I’m always calling him looking for advice and stuff like, how he handled things,” Johnson said. "He's probably the closest QB to me in this whole recruiting process."
Johnson’s top seven schools, which he released on Twitter earlier this month, are Arizona State, LSU, Miami, NC State, Nebraska, Oregon and Penn State.
A team to watch for Johnson is Miami, who visited Johnson in person earlier this month. He visited Miami in March, and said he likes the coaching staff and what he was able to see during the Hurricanes spring practice.
Besides Nebraska, Johnson wants to visit LSU, NC State, Penn State, Texas A&M and maybe Florida State before he commits.
But he was clear. By the end of June, he wants to shut it down.
“To secure my spot,” Johnson said. “And just to make sure I can help recruit the class, also.”
Johnson said on a scale from one to 10, his interest level in Nebraska is at 10. And he believes in what Scott Frost is doing in Lincoln.
“He’s an offensive genius with what he did with Marcus Mariota,” Johnson said. “I think he’s a real good players coach, a real good young coach.”