South Dakota State senior wide receiver Cade Johnson has entered the transfer portal.
The former Bellevue West standout will have the opportunity to graduate after the fall semester and explore other options after what has transpired in college football this year.
“After a lot of prayer and thought, I decided to make this decision,” the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder said. “At this point I feel like this route is the best for my future.”
The Missouri Valley Football Conference announced last week that it will not conduct conference competition this fall. It plans to play a full eight-game league schedule in the spring, with the expectation that the season will culminate with the FCS playoffs.
That decision led Johnson to consider playing elsewhere.
A 2019 FCS All-American, Johnson had 72 receptions for 1,222 yards and eight touchdowns last season for the Jackrabbits. The son of former Husker receiver Clester Johnson is among a handful of FCS players who have been mentioned in early 2021 NFL mock drafts. That pro potential could influence his next move as he considers playing at a higher level to raise his draft profile.
If the power conferences play in the spring, Johnson said, he could choose to find a fit at that level to play his senior season. Another option is to stay at SDSU and compete for the Jackrabbits in the spring. Or if he receives enough positive feedback from NFL scouts to ensure he’ll get an invitation to the 2021 NFL combine or Senior Bowl, Johnson could also sit out the spring and begin preparing for the NFL draft.