Four-star Cornhuskers commits Tristan Gebbia and Keyshawn Johnson Jr. spoke with Campus Insiders about why they chose Nebraska.
Between a 5-0 start to the season and the nation’s No. 21-ranked recruiting class for the 2017 cycle, Nebraska football is on the upswing under head coach Mike Riley.
Two of the key pieces of that 2017 class are 4-star recruits Tristan Gebbia and Keyshawn Johnson Jr., who are teammates at Calabasas High School. Both spoke with Campus Insiders about the Nebraska program and why the felt like they were meant to be Cornhuskers.
Johnson, the son of former No. 1 overall pick and NFL star wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Sr., chose Nebraska over his dad’s alma mater, USC. Although, there is a bit of an interesting connection. Riley was the offensive coordinator with the Trojans when Johnson Sr. played there in the mid-1990s.
“USC was always in the race, 24/7. My mom went there. My dad went there. So, I’ve been a Trojan my whole life, but I felt the Nebraska environment, the coaches, all that came into it, it was just the best place for me. So, I chose Nebraska,” Johnson said.
Some good news for Cornhuskers fans is that Johnson believes he’s the spitting image of his dad on the field. Some more good news is the nation’s No. 29 wide receiver thinks very highly of the program in Lincoln.
“I feel like there’s nothing but going up for Nebraska. Our recruiting class is good. There’s nothing bad about Nebraska right now,” he said.
As for Gebbia, the No. 14 quarterback and No. 187 overall player in the 2017 class felt like he belonged from the moment he stepped on campus and took a closer look at the program.
“From Coach Riley all the way down to the normal people in the building, it just really feels like home,” Gebbia said. “And you know, it’s just somewhere I really wanna’ play, and further my education, and do a great job there.”
Gebbia is all about his business, too. He’s not planning on getting into Nebraska and trying to get to the NFL as quickly as possible. He wants to build something with the Cornhuskers and see how much he can accomplish for the program.
“I wanna’ go there and just do as much as I can, anywhere from winning a national championship to [winning] a Heisman. You gotta’ set the bar high for yourself so you can hopefully go and achieve those goals. I’m just looking forward to getting better every single day and see where it goes.”
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