Michael Johnson is getting close to wrapping up his recruitment.
The four-star quarterback from Eugene, Oregon, told The World-Herald that he plans on visiting a handful of schools over the next few weeks and committing after that.
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 the 247Sports composite. He said he is being recruited hard by Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco and Scott Frost.
When Verduzco visited Johnson this month, the quarterbacks coach told Johnson that he is Nebraska’s No. 1 quarterback target for 2019.
“He just told me I was a perfect fit for the offense, and I’m the ideal quarterback that (Coach) Frost would want,” Johnson said. “It was good to hear him say that. A great honor.”
Johnson was a two-year starter at The King’s Academy in Sunnyvale, California. As a junior at Sheldon High School in Eugene, he passed for 1,218 yards and 21 touchdowns and completed 62.4 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 745 yards and 12 touchdowns. In total so far in high school, Johnson has passed for 5,565 yards and 69 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,878 yards.
Johnson moved to Eugene after his father, also named Michael, was hired as Oregon’s wide receivers coach.
“Yeah, my dad is the only coach from Oregon who has never talked to me about Oregon,” Johnson said. “He’s really good about being Dad and not, like, trying to recruit me.”
Johnson’s 247Sports crystal ball has Oregon in the lead to land him, but Johnson says that since Oregon landed the commitment of three-star quarterback Cale Millen, he has not heard from Ducks coaches.
Johnson said he talks with 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 and competes in the long jump.
“She definitely wants me there,” the quarterback said.
Johnson is also close with Nebraska freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez. The two met while they were both being recruited to California. Martinez was a commit, Johnson was a silent commit, and the two often talked on the sideline at games during visits. They 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 this month, are Arizona State, LSU, Miami, North Carolina State, Nebraska, Oregon and Penn State.
A team to watch for Johnson is Miami, which visited Johnson in person 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, North Carolina 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,” he said. “And just to make sure I can help recruit the class, also.”
Johnson said that on a scale of one to 10, his interest level in Nebraska is at 10. And he believes in what 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.”
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