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Huskers Impress Minnesota Running Back Emmett Johnson on Official Visit

December 13, 2021

The Huskers hosted a large group of visitors for the final weekend before the early signing day. The team hosted eight official visitors and one unofficial visitor in the quest to continue adding talent to the roster. One of those official visitors was Minnesota running back Emmett Johnson. The talented runner came into the weekend without an offer from the Huskers. That changed on the visit.

“That was a blessing if I really good to get an offer,” Johnson said. “That was my first offer in person. I got offers over the phone, but it was just it was a blessing. It’s something that I’ll remember for a long time. It just felt good to actually get the scholarship after all the hard work I put in.”

Coach Scott Frost was the one to offer Johnson. Frost mentioned that he loves how competitive the Minnesota native is. Frost also likes that he’s always been a winner and team player. Frost feels like Johnson can help the team be successful in the future. This was Johnson’s second visit to Nebraska. He also made the trip down for the matchup with Iowa last month. This time around he got to see more of campus. He got a full tour of the athletic facilities and saw the dorms.

There was one other big thing that was different about this trip. The Huskers have hired an offensive coordinator. Johnson was one of the first prospects to meet with Mark Whipple and the pair got along well.

“It was great to see him in person and meet him,” Johnson said. “He seems like a great guy too. Him and Coach (Ron) Brown, I think they played together a while back. It was just great to meet him. I feel he’s a great guy. I used to watch some of the Pittsburgh games. Their offense was really good. That’s a good thing to see him come here and it’ll be good for my skill set if I was to come here.”

Johnson has developed a good relationship with Brown. He isn’t sure if the plan if for Brown to stay on as running backs coach but his family liked getting to know the longtime Husker. Brown was part of the group of coaches from Nebraska that visited him in Minneapolis. Johnson knows that Brown has a lot of experience that could be helpful in his own development.

Johnson made the trip to Nebraska with his mom and brother. His family enjoyed the trip quite a bit. Mom thought the importance placed on academics was great during the visit. Johnson’s brother thought that Nebraska felt like a second home. The Huskers’ latest 2022 scholarship offeree has a loose commitment timeline in mind.

“Me and my family are talking about a timeline,” Johnson said. “We’re thinking this week sometime so could be on Signing Day that’s coming up Wednesday. We’ll see.”

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