Keyshawn Johnson Jr., son of a former pro athlete, has a family that could manage the financial burden of sending him across the country to get a college education. Other kids, however, aren't as lucky.
And Johnson completely understands that.
He recognizes his privileged position — and the value of going to school for free. He's grateful for it.
So even though Johnson is a highly touted receiver who has already made a commitment to play football at Nebraska, he's still motivated to improve. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound four-star recruit doesn't want his opportunity to go to waste.
“I want to make my parents proud,” Johnson said. “That kind of makes me want to do more.”
Johnson said much of his summer workout regimen will be geared toward improving his speed. He's working with former USC and NFL receiver Travis Hannah (who was a high school sprinter back in the day as well).
Johnson's dad — former NFL All-Pro Keyshawn Johnson Sr. — will always be around to help keep him focused and well-grounded. The elder Johnson was on hand for Sunday's satellite camp, monitoring his son's performance quite closely.
Then there's NU receivers coach Keith Williams, who's in constant contact with Johnson Jr. Their bond continues to strengthen, which was evident on the field Sunday.
"He's like my second dad, really," Johnson said of Williams. "As a receivers coach, he reminds me just of my father. He's going to push me hard and say the right things to me — but he's also going to give me a little crap."