One of the best moments for Syracuse football in the 1990s was when wide receiver Kevin Johnson took the season opening kickoff back 87 yards for a touchdown in the Kickoff Classic, in what turned into a 34-0 blowout over Ron Dayne and Wisconsin. Well, when Syracuse takes on Wisconsin in a few years, the speedy former Orange wideout’s son, Kevin Johnson, Jr., may wind up following in his dad’s footsteps.

The 5-foot-11, 190 pound receiver from the class of 2018 is still waiting for his recruiting to take off, but he shows plenty of talent in his highlights, with solid speed and good hands on display both at camps and for The Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey.┬áHis recruitment could really start to heat up – and, in reality, end – very quickly as Syracuse begins taking a much closer look at his abilities.

If Syracuse winds up offering the talented, rising junior, there’s a very good chance he commits on the spot. He’s actually said as much on Twitter, heavily indicating that all he’s waiting for is an actual offer from the Orange. Johnson, Jr. bleeds orange, and even before he’s received an offer (which could come at any time), Syracuse has to be considered the heavy favorite.

Ironically, according to Scout, the other Power 5 school showing interest right now is actually…Wisconsin (he also recently visited Temple and, presumably, Rutgers will likely get involved with the in-state product as well). Maybe they’re having flashbacks to the senior Kevin Johnson, and would prefer to avoid his son embarrassing them in the same fashion down the road.

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