Nebraska recruiting: Will Farniok meets future teammates; Keyshawn Johnson Jr. in Lincoln this weekend

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Will Farniok discusses meeting future teammates during Wisconsin game

For Will Farniok, his visit to Lincoln on Saturday was special for a variety of reasons. The 3 1/2-hour drive from his hometown of Sioux Falls, S.D., served as a nice opportunity to see his older brother, Matt, a redshirt freshman offensive lineman currently sidelined with a broken right wrist. But more importantly, it allowed the 2018 Nebraska commit to link up with several other members of the incoming recruiting class.

“That was probably the really fun part of it, just seeing everyone, talking and hanging out,” Farniok told Land of 10. “I think there were seven guys there on their officials, we kind of just all talked and hung out the whole time. It was just a good atmosphere.”

Farniok said everyone was able to have ample conversation with each other over the weekend, allowing the group to quickly form a bond.

Farniok, a 3-star offensive lineman prospect, was first exposed to the Nebraska program during Matt’s recruiting process. He learned right away about the tight-knit culture within the program. Additionally, Matt reported nothing but great things about his coaches and teammates, which sold Will on the Cornhuskers.

“It’s just got that home feeling,” Will Farniok said.

That brought Farniok to Saturday, when he met his future teammates. Among those present included 4-star cornerback Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles and 4-star receiver Joshua Moore. Their conversations revolved around talking about their high school seasons and what it will be like to be teammates in a less than a year.

“Just kind of small talk about the next years in college,” Farniok said. “I mean, a few of us, we talked about why we picked Nebraska. It was our first time meeting some guys, because we hadn’t been there at the same time. We talked about why we chose it and just kind of those things and then just opened up to each other.”

The main reasons for choosing the Cornhuskers, Farniok realized, were quite similar to his own.

“Just kind of that whole family feel,” Farniok reiterated.

A potential future teammate who Farniok spent time with throughout the weekend was 5-star defensive end Micah Parsons, the No. 5 overall recruit in the country, according the 247Sports composite.

“We talked quite a bit, just really relaxed talk,” Farniok said. “I played him in Madden. That didn’t go well.”

With Farniok playing as the Raiders and Parsons as the Steelers, Parsons won big after the two picked up a pair of controllers lying around in the Nebraska players lounge.

Although the result of the game Saturday night didn’t go Nebraska’s way, Farniok was impressed with the stadium atmosphere and how the team handled the 38-17 loss.

“It’s always a crazy, awesome atmosphere,” he said. “Win or lose, it happens how it is. They’re gonna keep working hard. They’re gonna be a good team. They’re gonna be a great team. No one put their heads down. They’re just gonna keep moving forward, you can tell.”

Farniok’s high school, Washington, is undefeated through seven games with a key matchup against Rapid City Central on Friday. Washington has won three consecutive state titles.

“It’s been a good season so far,” he said.

Keyshawn Johnson Jr. back in town this weekend

Keyshawn Johnson Jr. announced Thursday on Twitter that he will be in Lincoln this weekend for the Cornhuskers’ matchup against Ohio State.

A member of Nebraska’s 2017 recruiting class, Johnson took a leave of absence in June after being cited for possession of marijuana. The former 3-star recruit from Calabasas, Calif., had enrolled early in January before he and his family decided taking some time off would be best for him.

Johnson’s presence at Memorial Stadium will teeter along the lines of “what could have been” since it’s possible he could have taken the field in a helmet and pads.

The big question is when Johnson, the son of former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson, will return. His return this weekend signals that it’s possible something may happen soon, but he hasn’t announced anything regarding his plans.

Nebraska fans would like for that to happen sooner rather than later.

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