Keyshawn Johnson Jr. is just a freshman, but a flurry of early scholarship offers have quickly accelerated his recruiting process. The Southern California wide receiver spent Wednesday at Ohio State with his father, former NFL Pro Bowler Keyshawn Johnson Sr.
They watched Buckeyes coaches and players go about their business on the practice field and in meetings. It gave Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer an opportunity to showcase his program for the suddenly coveted Mission Viejo High School standout.
“I loved the atmosphere,” Johnson Jr. told Bleacher Report. “It’s a good fit for me.”
His father also approved.
“Urban Meyer is a guy you can trust with your kid,” he said.
Johnson Sr., who finished his professional career with 814 receptions for 10,571 yards and 64 touchdowns, played for Super Bowl champions Bill Parcells and Jon Gruden during an 11-year stay in the NFL. His admiration for Meyer was apparent after the visit to Columbus.
“Urban Meyer is a kind of guy I could play for,” he said. “If you can’t play for Urban Meyer, Ohio State isn’t for you.”
Johnson Jr. didn’t play varsity football last season for the Diablos, though he turned heads at the freshman level and also participates in the 7-on-7 circuit. He was accompanied Wednesday by Darnay Holmes, a fellow California prospect on Team 19, which features Johnson Sr. as a coach.
Offers have poured in for Johnson Jr. in recent weeks. Ohio State, Florida State,…