2024 LB Nasere Johnson-Blakney enjoys visit to Syracuse

Nasere Johnson-Blakney
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2024 Camden (NJ) High linebacker Nasere Johnson-Blakney has specific criteria for what he wants at the next level.

“Something I’m looking for in a college is a place to call home,” Johnson-Blakney said in an interview with The Juice Online. “Where I feel welcomed and loved from teammates, coaches and fans.”

Johnson-Blakney got to see whether Syracuse fit the items on his list on Saturday, when he was on hand to watch the 18th-ranked Orange play No. 13 NC State. SU won the battle of the top 20 teams 24-9, leading the entire way after its opening drive, while not allowing a defensive touchdown.

“I loved the visit a lot,” Johnson-Blakney said. “The atmosphere was different. I felt welcomed from everyone.”

When time expired and Syracuse had officially improved to 6-0 for the first time since 1987, fans stormed the field, celebrating with the players.

It was just another moment that caught Johnson-Blakney’s attention.

“My favorite part of the game was the ending,” Johnson-Blakney said. “Just getting to see the players and coaches happy and celebrating the win.”

Aside from watching the game, he got to tour the facilities and parts of campus.

It’s likely not the last time he’ll be on The Hill, as the SU staff said they would remain in touch with Johnson-Blakney.

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For good reason. Johnson-Blakney has been a big part of Camden’s 6-1 season. The Panthers are also a perfect 4-0 in conference after a dominant 41-0 win over Paulsboro where Johnson-Blakney was named Defensive Player of the Week.

“So far my season is going great,” Johnson-Blakney said. “I’m just doing my job, helping my team win.”

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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]sujuiceonline.com.