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Texas wideout feeling the "love" from Huskers
At 6 foot, 4 inches tall and boasting a 40 inch vertical, wide receiver Sedrick Johnson sports an almost unfair advantage over the smaller defensive backs assigned to cover him. He's already got the size, but that jaw-dropping leaping ability turns a daunting challenge for defenders, into an almost impossible one. It's not surprising then that even after missing over half the season last year with a hamstring, Johnson still racked up over 1,000 yards receiving, and on just 38 catches. If you don't have a calculator handy, that's a whopping average of over 26 yards per catch. Johnson should be confident beyond reason, but he measures that confidence by what he thinks he's capable of, rather than what he's actually done. "There's a lot of stuff I do well, but there's also a lot I need to work on," Johnson said of his overall game. "I can jump and my leaping ability is my biggest strength, but I want the complete game. I want my footwork as good as it can be, and I want to be quick enough that even the smaller defensive backs can't stay with me." If that wasn't enough to wet your appetite as to how practical Johnson's approach is to the game, you might find it refreshing and even shocking one of the biggest challenges he presents to himself every time he takes the field. "I compete with the offensive line when it comes to my blocking. That's something I take a lot of pride in," Johnson said. "If it's a running play, I want to knock my guy down as much as any of the linemen." That well-rounded game, even in a player so young, is one of the reasons he's getting attention from all over the country. And the offers he's received thus far is impressive. "I've got offers from almost every team in the Big 12, and I've got offers from Michigan, Arizona State and Florida too," he said, Texas and Oklahoma amongst those in the Big 12 not having offered him at this point. "I am getting attention from everywhere else, though – just all kind of letters and coaches coming by the school." With school just getting out, Johnson hasn't had a lot of time to go out and visit some of these schools who are showing him as much attention as they have. The two places he's been are Houston and Texas A&M. Over the course of the Summer, though, Johnson said that he plans on visiting Oklahoma State , but would like to visit Florida as well. If that sounds like he's already narrowed his list, Johnson said that he hasn't come even close. Most of his narrowing down will come during or even after his final season of prep ball is concluded. "Right now it's just seeing who has the most interest in me and figuring out my list after that," he said. "Right now Arizona State and Nebraska are showing me the most love. It's just constantly back and forth between those two." Johnson is like any recruit in that he wants to know that teams really want him to be a part of their program. And he gauges his own interest by the interest being showed in him. It's about the "love" as the kids like to say, and it's also about that chemistry between himself and the coach recruiting him. "If I'm not feeling the coach who is recruiting me, there isn't much chance for that place," Sedrick said. "I've got to be comfortable with him or I know I am not going to be comfortable with them while I am there." From Nebraska , the coach recruiting Johnson is running back's coach Randy Jordan. Sedrick said of Jordan , that their personalities match up. "He's a cool guy and pretty funny," Sedrick said of the fourth year assistant coach. "We get along and that's obviously a big thing for me." When it comes to the Husker program itself, Sedrick's knowledge stems more from what they used to do than what they are doing right now. "I remember them when I was little and they had Eric Crouch," Johnson said of the Huskers and the Heisman Trophy winning QB. "They throw it a lot more now, because back in the day it was all about the run." The change in offense is obviously better for luring some of the top wide receivers, and Johnson said that the fact that head coach Bill Callahan used to be the coach of the Oakland Raiders doesn't hurt. The NFL connection isn't a huge criteria for him, but it certainly doesn't hurt. "I'm not looking too far ahead, because you can't make it there if you don't do a thing in college," he said. "And if you are good enough, you can go anywhere and still get drafted." With the caliber of names on his list of favorites, Johnson said that he knows his eventual choice won't be an easy one. He's going to have to make a hard choice at some point before February of next year. But it comes down to the attention, again, being one of his biggest factors. As fans would say they don't want players who don't really want to be at their program, Johnson said that he doesn't want to go anywhere, where he isn't considered a vital part of their future. "If I know a school really wants me, I know that I am going to be a big part of what they do in the future," he said. "I know that they want me to be part of their team. That's big for me. Wherever I go, it's going to be a place where I feel like I belong, like it's another family. It's going to feel like home." Want to learn more about Sedrick and just what kind of shot the Huskers have at this standout receiver? Check out the RED ZONE and get the inside scoop.
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