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 26th commit for Nebraska heading into national signing day.
Veii decision to come Wednesday
Tad Shields said the Nebraska staff already knows but he’s been sworn to secrecy. Everybody else wondering about Jacquille Veii will find out Wednesday.
Shields, head coach at The Avalon School in Gaithersburg, Md., said that Veii will reveal his choice of NU, Iowa or Maryland during a 10:30 a.m. CST ceremony at the school. “He wants to do the hat thing,” Shields said Tuesday.
Of course. What signing day would be complete without a little last-second drama? Or the whole hat thing.
Veii’s news just won’t be nearly as significant as that of Andrus Peat picking Stanford over Nebraska in an ESPNU signing day announcement last year. Veii is listed as a two-star prospect by the recruiting websites.
Shields said the 5-foot-10, 180-pound “athlete” can play receiver or defensive back, and also return kicks. He scored 18 touchdowns on just 56 “touches” his junior year in 2011, scoring six different ways.
“He’s got blazing speed,” Shields said. “He ran a sub-4.3 (40-yard dash) at the Maryland camp. I think that’s kind of his calling card.”
Shields said he thought Nebraska was looking at Veii as a defensive back.
The Huskers’ class is currently sitting at 25 after the addition of Johnson and the subtraction of de-commit Tre’Vell Dixon on Tuesday.