• 20220203-122241-Johnson

    Legacy High School’s Camdyn Johnson’s choice of college and a main feature of real estate have something in common.

    Location, location, location.

    “I chose to go to Nebraska Wesleyan for a few reasons. First being that the college is located right there in Lincoln, Nebraska,” Johnson said. “I have only been to the city one time, and I absolutely loved it there. The coaching staff that I met were awesome too. I was able to have conversations with them that I felt I could have had with my friends or family. They seemed to have a great culture there from what I’ve seen and heard, and I just wanted to be able to experience that while also getting a great education in the process.”

    Johnson made a visit to his new school a few weeks ago.

“It was a lot of fun. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to meet any of the current players when I was up there, but I did get to talk to (head) coach (Brian) Keller,” Johnson said. “They hosted an event in Denver last weekend that had a decent amount of the staff and about 20-25 recruits. It was fun getting to know them and talking to them. When I got there, I wasn’t 100 percent sure that Wesleyan was going to be my home for the next four years.”

Johnson said the environment and the school were key reasons he made his choice.

“I loved the small-school feel, as I will be a lot closer with classmates and professors as opposed to a school like CSU or CU class wise,” Johnson said. “I had a few other schools talking to me over this recruiting process; Clarke (Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa), Hastings (Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska), Concordia (Concordia University in Concordia, Nebraska), and Hamline (Hamline University in St. Paul) at the very end.”

Johnson was 5-for-11 for 45 yards for a Lightning team that advanced to the first round of the state playoffs last season. He carried the ball three times for 23 yards and caught 28 passes for 556 yards and five touchdowns. Johnson made 15 total tackles on defense, 11 of which were solo efforts.

He plans to study chemistry and minor in either business, math or physics. After school, he wants to get into the chemical engineering field and find a graduate school. He also wants to be a coach.

Recruiting during a pandemic has been weird for some high-school athletes, but not necessarily Johnson.

    “My junior year, I was just focused on playing football after it almost got taken away from us. I didn’t get any looks my junior year, so I just went to a few camps because why not?” he said. “All of this has happened between now and the end of the football season, so I have only been in contact with these schools since the end of November/beginning of December.”

Johnson is ready for the next four years. 

“I get to play the sport I love in the process,” he said. “I am definitely going to be homesick at one point. But I’ve been dreaming of this ever since I put on shoulder pads and a helmet for the first time.

“I’m proud of every single one of my teammates (present and past) that signed with a college this year,” he concluded. “I’ve played with the greatest guys I’ve ever known, and they’re going to go on to do great things.”