Huskers land former five-star DB and Ohio State transfer Tyreke Johnson – HuskerExtra.com

Tyreke Johnson, a defensive back who played sparingly over two seasons at Ohio State, will try to jump-start his career at Nebraska. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
Steven M. Sipple, Parker Gabriel and Chris Basnett talk through a wild month of June so far in football recruiting and have a lengthy discussion about the Husker baseball team’s run in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and what the next steps for Will Bolt’s program look like. 
Nebraska found its transfer defensive back, and he’s a former blue-chip prospect from a fellow Big Ten school.
Former Ohio State defensive back Tyreke Johnson committed to the Huskers on Sunday. The former five-star prospect is set to join a defensive backfield that has several accomplished players but also a general lack of depth. Johnson has three years of eligibility remaining.
He has been listed as an enrolled student at Nebraska since at least Wednesday but had not said anything about his commitment until Sunday. NU officials cannot publicly comment on unsigned players. Since Johnson is a transfer, Husker staff may not be able to acknowledge him until he arrives on campus, which will most likely be in July.
Johnson redshirted in 2018 and then appeared in 12 games over the past two seasons for the Buckeyes, but never found full-time work in the OSU secondary.
Johnson arrived in Columbus as a heralded recruit in the 2018 class, finishing as the No. 14 overall prospect nationally according to Rivals and the No. 21 according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, each of which was good enough to put him in five-star status.
Johnson is originally from Jacksonville, Florida, and played his high school football at Trinity Christian Academy, where early in his tenure he was teammates with Nebraska senior safety Deontai Williams.
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Johnson was a big-time recruit his entire high school career and famously received a scholarship offer from Urban Meyer to play for the Buckeyes when he was in eighth grade.
He arrived in Lincoln for an official visit on June 2 and did not wait long before deciding he’d continue his college career in Lincoln. Under new NCAA rules, Johnson is immediately eligible because this is the first time he’s transferred. That means he can begin summer school and start working out with the team as soon as the paperwork can be finalized.
NU has a talented top line in the secondary that includes Williams and Marquel Dismuke and junior Cam Taylor-Britt opposite sophomore Quinton Newsome at cornerback, but there are question marks after that. Braxton Clark is a solid No. 3 option at corner, but of Nebraska’s other four scholarship corners, Malik Williams just arrived on campus this month as a freshman and the other three — sophomore Nadab Joseph and freshmen Tamon Lynum and Marques Buford — had injury issues this spring.
Combine that with the fact that three defensive backs from the 2020 class — Henry Gray, Jaiden Francois and Ronald Delancy — transferred before or during their freshman seasons last year, and it’s not surprising Nebraska wanted to pursue a defensive back in the transfer portal.
Johnson is the fourth transfer overall in the 2021 cycle for the Huskers, joining linebacker Chris Kolarevic (Northern Iowa) wide receiver Samori Toure (Montana) and running back Markese Stepp (USC). Nebraska now has one scholarship spot remaining to use this offseason on a player who can join the program immediately.

Nebraska’s Travis Vokolek (left) tries to pull in a pass with Illinois’ Tony Adams (6) defending on Nov. 21, 2020, at Memorial Stadium.
When: Aug. 28, Noon 
Where: Champaign, Ill.
Illinois in 2020: 2-6
Last time the Huskers and Illini played: Illinois 41, Nebraska 23 (2020)
All-time series: Nebraska leads, 11-4
Fordham’s Chase Edmonds during a 2017 game in Bronx, NY. Edmonds is now a member of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.
When: Sept. 4, 11 a.m. 
Where: Memorial Stadium
Fordham in 2020: 2-1 (shortened by COVID-19)
Last time the Huskers and Rams met: No previous matchups
Buffalo running back Ron Cook Jr. (2) is tackled by Ball State’s Tye Evans during the second half of the Mid-American Conference championship NCAA college football game, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 in Detroit.
When: Sept. 11, 2:30 p.m. 
Where: Memorial Stadium
Buffalo in 2020: 6-1 (5-0 in MAC)
Last time the Huskers and Bulls met: No previous matchups
Nebraska and Oklahoma last met on the gridiron in the 2010 Big 12 championship game in Texas.
When: Sept. 18, 11 a.m. 
Where: Norman, Oklahoma
Oklahoma in 2020: 9-2 (6-2 Big 12)
Last time Huskers and Sooners played: Oklahoma 23, Nebraska 20 (Dec. 5, 2010, Big 12 Championship)
All-time series: Oklahoma, 45-38-3
Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez runs downfield in a Nov. 30, 2018, game at Memorial Stadium.
When: Sept. 25
Where: East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State in 2020: 2-5
The last time the Huskers and Spartans played: Nebraska 9, Michigan State 6 (Nov. 17, 2018)
All-time series: Nebraska leads, 9-2
Nebraska’s Ty Robinson (99) and Garrett Nelson (right) attempt to tackle Northwestern’s Drake Anderson on Nov. 7, 2020, in Evanston, Ill.
When: Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m. 
Where: Memorial Stadium
Northwestern in 2020: 7-2, Big Ten runner-up
The last time the Huskers and Wildcats met: Northwestern 21, Nebraska 13 (Nov. 7, 2020)
All-time series: Nebraska leads, 8-6
Nebraska fans greet the team as they arrive at Michigan Stadium for their game against the Wolverines on Sept. 22, 2018, in Ann Harbor, Mich.
When: Oct. 9 
Where: Memorial Stadium
Michigan in 2020: 2-4
The last time the Huskers and Wolverines played: Michigan 56, Nebraska 10 (Sept. 22, 2018)
All-time series: Michigan leads, 5-4
Nebraska’s Ben Stille pressures Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan in the first quarter of a Dec. 12, 2020, game at Memorial Stadium. 
When: Oct. 16 
Where: Minneapolis
Minnesota in 2020: 3-4 
The last time the Huskers and Gophers played: Minnesota 24, Nebraska 17 (Dec. 12, 2020)
All-time series: Minnesota, 34-25-2
Nebraska wide receiver Wyatt Liewer scores a touchdown against Purdue on Dec. 5, 2020, in West Lafayette, Ind.
When: Oct. 30 
Where: Memorial Stadium
Purdue in 2020: 2-4
The last time the Huskers and Boilermakers met: Nebraska 37, Purdue 27 (Dec. 5, 2020)
All-time series: Nebraska leads, 5-4
Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez (2) runs the ball against Ohio State last month at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The Nebraska quarterback said the Huskers know they have to make individual sacrifices to make the season work amid pandemic.
When: Nov. 6 
Where: Memorial Stadium
Ohio State in 2020: 7-1 (national runner-up)
The last time the Huskers and Buckeyes met: Ohio State 52, Nebraska 17 (Oct. 24, 2020)
All-time series: Ohio State leads, 8-1
Nebraska running back Dedrick Mills (26) carries the ball against Wisconsin’s  Matt Henningsen (92), Michael Balistreri (57) and Reggie Pearson (2) during first-half action Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
When: Nov. 20 
Where: Madison, Wisconsin 
Wisconsin in 2020: 4-3
The last time the Huskers and Badgers met: Wisconsin 37, Nebraska 21 (Nov. 16, 2019)
All-time series: Wisconsin leads, 10-4
Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez and the Husker offensive line push toward the goal line on Martinez’s 1-yard touchdown run against Iowa on Nov. 27, 2020, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.
When: Nov. 26, 12:30 p.m. 
Where: Memorial Stadium
Iowa in 2020: 6-2
The last time the Huskers and Hawkeyes met: Iowa 26, Nebraska 20 (Nov. 27, 2020)
All-time series: Nebraska leads, 29-19-3
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Tyreke Johnson, a defensive back who played sparingly over two seasons at Ohio State, will try to jump-start his career at Nebraska. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
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