Caden Johnson

Caden Johnson, who had a preferred walk-on offer from Nebraska, decided to accept a scholarship to play for South Dakota State.

Wahoo Neumann senior ​Caden Johnson became the ​third Nebraskan to commit to South Dakota State in the 2019 recruiting class on Monday night.

"It was just the right fit all the way around," said Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end. "The coaching staff that is there is great from Coach (John) Stiegelmeier to the recruiting coordinator Dan Jackson to the position coach (Clint) Brown."

Johnson officially visited Brookings over the weekend and loved his time there.

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"The visit was awesome," he said. "Everything that we wanted to see checked the box. I knew the middle of last week that is where I wanted to go but I wanted to see some things from the academic standpoint and I fell in love with Brookings."

Johnson has 59 total tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and six sacks, through eight games. The Jackrabbits think Johnson will fit perfectly as a defensive end.

"They have a big plan for my future and if I work hard I could have the chance to play early," he said.

Johnson chose South Dakota State over scholarship offers from Northern Iowa, South Dakota, Stephen F. Austin, Air Force, Army, North Dakota and Central Arkansas. Nebraska offered Johnson as a preferred walk-on.

The other South Dakota State commits from Nebraska are Lincoln North Star linebacker Luke Reimer and Auburn linebacker Bailey Darnell.

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