Nykeim Johnson is a 3-star wide receiver out of Washington, DC, who committed to Syracuse on June 21. With the Orange maintaining a newly found focus on the DMV area, many were excited about Johnson’s pledge to Dino Babers and the SU staff.
Johnson is a slot receiver who possesses great speed. When in space, he can turn a routine drag pattern into big play and has a knack for yardage after the catch. I had the opportunity to chat with Nykeim about his pledge to the Orange and why he can’t wait to wear the Orange and Blue.
“Syracuse was the school for me,” said Johnson. “When I first arrived on campus, I saw great academics, great football, and also the football facility. It just felt like it was my second home.”
Nykeim had the chance to tour the campus, interact with coaches, and see how he would fit in as a Syracuse student.
“I vibed really well with the coaching staff and also the players on the team,” he said. “I believe I fit perfectly in the new offense. It’s very fast and high tempo, and that’s my kind of game.”
Johnson has been told by the Orange coaching staff that he will play the slot and be motioned all over the field. When you have a legitimate 4.4 slot, it can cause serious mismatches anywhere on the gridiron. Syracuse fans will be excited to know that Nykeim has also been in contact with Syracus QB recruit Tommy DeVito.
“Tommy and I message each other, basically saying let’s turn up our senior of high school and come straight into Syracuse and take over the ACC,” said Johnson. “We’re coming in with a chip on our shoulders to turn Syracuse back into a powerhouse.”
When asked if he’s planning on doing some recruiting of his own, Nykeim wasn’t hesitant to provide names.
“There’s a few guys I would love to join the army: Christopher Ferguson and Christain Braswell from Friendship Collegiate,” said Johnson. Both players are current high school teammates of his. He also mentioned recruiting University of Maryland-commit and former priority SU running back target Tayon Fleet-Davis, and having recruited ‘Cuse OL commit Dakota Davis. When parting ways, Johnson had one final message he wanted to give to OrangeNation.
“To all the Syracuse fans and the ‘Cuse Twitter Army – I love you guys,” he said. “I appreciate all the love shown, and let’s get Syracuse football back on top. #GoOrange!”
Johnson committed to Syracuse over offers from Virginia, Army, Bowling Green, Bucknell, Hawaii, Navy, and other lower D1 schools. Syracuse fans should be excited to have an athletic slot coming in, who would no doubt have a slew of high major offers if he were a couple inches taller. Label me excited to see Nykeim Johnson wearing Orange next season.