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Keyshawn Johnson will be a prep wide receivers coach across the country from ESPN studios

Cameron Smith
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Move over Deion Sanders, you’ve got company on the commentator/high school football coach circuit.

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Keyshawn Johnson is returning to football in Southern California as a prep position coach — Getty

Keyshawn Johnson is returning to football in Southern California as a prep position coach — Getty

As first reported by the Orange County Register, former Jets, Buccaneers and Cowboys wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson is returning to competitive football, but will not do so in any playing capacity, but rather as an assistant prep football coach. The once dominant wide receiver will team up on coaching responsibilities for the wide receivers at Orange County powerhouse program Mission Viejo.

Fittingly, Johnson’s future coaching teammate is a pal from his past as well: Rob Johnson, the former NFL and USC quarterback who threw passes to Keyshawn Johnson when the pair starred for the Trojans together.

If nothing else, those two wide receivers coaches are going to shatter the largest net worth among tag teaming position coaches in prep football history.

Mission Viejo’s coach, Bob Johnson, told the Register that Keyshawn Johnson would work at all of the team’s Tuesday and Wednesday practices to allow him to continue fulfilling his NFL analyst duties for ESPN on the other side of the country in Connecticut. The elder Johnson, who is the father of Rob but unrelated to Keyshawn, also said that Keyshawn Johnson would be present as a coach for at least half of Mission Viejo’s matchups during the 2013 season.

The arrival of Keyshawn Johnson on the Mission Viejo sideline isn’t an entirely random or isolated incident. The former NFL star has a son who will be a freshman at Mission Viejo in fall 2013 and plans to play football for the Diablos. It’s unknown whether Keyshawn Johnson’s progeny will earn a spot on the varsity roster, but you can bet he’ll work out some at wide receiver.

When he does work out there, the youngest Johnson (we know this is getting confusing) will have plenty of accomplished coaches to provide guidance. He just needs to make sure not to call anyone -- or everyone -- Coach Johnson.

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