Nebraska football: Top quarterback target Michael Johnson appears high on the Huskers

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The Nebraska football team might have found its top 2019 target at quarterback. Are the Huskers the odds-on favorite to land the Oregon product?

Could the Nebraska football team be about to land this year’s Adrian Martinez? At the very least, it appears the Cornhuskers are about to get a visit from their top quarterback target from the 2019 class.

Michael Johnson recently talked to the Omaha World-Herald about his intentions when it comes to wrapping up his recruiting. For the most part, those comments were similar to what he said a week ago on a local Oregon radio station.

The fourth-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the class would like to be done with his recruiting runs by the end of June. He’d like to have a school picked out well before school starts in the fall.

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That means he’s going to be taking visits rather soon. It appears he might be including Lincoln in those visits by the end of the weekend.

Why the sudden arrival? It appears quarterback coach Mario Verduzco has been in Johnson’s ear quite effectively. You might remember Verduzco as the guy who did indeed plant an earwig in the dome of last year’s prized quarterback recruit, Martinez.

"“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.”"

Along with those words was the promise that the Oregon prospect is the top quarterback prospect for the Huskers this season. That was known amongst most Nebraska fans, but it seemed to go a long way in getting Johnson to commit to visiting Lincoln.

The timing might be perfect for a visit. The predominant wisdom on Johnson was that he was going to be an Oregon Duck. His father is even the wide receivers coach there.

That might have changed when Oregon secured the commit of three-star prospect Cale Millen. Johnson says he hasn’t heard a peep from the Ducks’ coaching staff since Millen was secured.

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That sounds an awful lot like Michael Johnson is ripe for the stealing for the Nebraska football team. Getting that visit locked in would be a big step in the right direction.