Published Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 8:04 pm / Updated at 1:05 am
Huskers add versatile O-lineman Johnson

LINCOLN — Dwayne Johnson will come to Nebraska full of possibilities, according to his high school football coach.

Trey Sissom at Bellaire High in Houston said Tuesday that Johnson not only played center and tackle for the Cardinals, but had the tools to play guard, if necessary. And potentially he could do any of the three in college.

“The biggest thing with us was his versatility,” Sissom said. “That's one thing a lot of guys liked that were coming through here recruiting him.”

Nebraska eventually won him over, and Johnson is one of six offensive linemen expected to sign with the Huskers on Wednesday. The 6-foot-6, 275-pounder is ranked as a three-star prospect by 247Sports, as well as the No. 43 offensive tackle and No. 93 player in Texas.

Johnson came down to NU and Arkansas. In Nebraska, he saw stability. In Arkansas, maybe just a little uncertainty with first-year head coach Bret Bielema and a revamped staff.

Sissom said Nebraska likely hooked him during a mid-January visit.

“I think he likes the staff a lot, the opportunity to play in a big conference there, and everything Nebraska has in terms of weight room and strength and conditioning and the things that we're big into here,” Sissom said. “It's all something he's ready to step into.”

Johnson was Bellaire's starting center as a sophomore and junior, making all the Cardinals' calls and checks at the line. Sissom moved him to right tackle for the first five games last season, then back to center due to some injuries.

“We flipped him back and he stepped right in and never missed a beat,” Sissom said. “To me, personally, I think he's an unbelievable center. Very smart, very high football IQ.”

Johnson is the 25th commit for Nebraska heading into national signing day. The Huskers also will be awaiting word Wednesday morning from Jacquille Veii, a receiver and defensive back from The Avalon School in Gaithersburg, Md.

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Rich Kaipust is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football and some general assignment tasks, including the College World Series and U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.



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