Keyshawn Johnson Jr. is still in search of his first varsity reception at Mission Viejo High School, but the 2017 Southern California prospect already has his hands on scholarships from a pair of national championship contenders. Florida State and Ohio State extended offers late last week, a development his famous father quickly shared on Twitter:
The elder Johnson is a college football icon. He earned All-American honors as a receiver at USC and eventually became the No. 1 pick in the 1996 NFL draft.
Johnson immediately emerged as a star with the New York Jets. He won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003 before wrapping up his career with the Carolina Panthers in 2006.
The entertaining playmaker has flourished as an ESPN analyst during his retirement. Johnson also serves as an assistant coach at Mission Viejo, an Orange County powerhouse that finished 11-1 last season.
Johnson Jr. impressed on the Diablos freshman squad in 2013, but he never cracked the varsity rotation during a journey to the state sectional quarterfinals. He flashed excellent hands and, much like his father, exhibited excellent downfield blocking, evidenced by his highlight film:
Expect him to ascend on a talent-laden depth chart this fall and perhaps push to become an offensive focal point before the end of his sophomore campaign.
The Florida State offer puts Johnson in rare company. Head coach Jimbo Fisher has formally extended that opportunity to just two other members of the 2017 class, according to 247Sports.
Johnson has shown enough on film and in the 7-on-7 circuit to warrant substantial early interest from college programs. His football DNA certainly adds to the intrigue and provides his recruitment with a celebrity flare.
Expect offers to begin pouring in for Johnson now that Florida State and Ohio State have stepped up. He also holds scholarship offers from Utah, SMU and Arizona State.
Aside from working through drills with his dad, Johnson recently trained with former Mission Viejo quarterback Mark Sanchez:
The race is already heating up for Johnson's letter of intent, which can't be signed until February 2017. A strong varsity debut this fall would further spark interest in the second-generation receiver standout.
Recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.
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