Johnson is down to four

Melvin Johnson has four schools remaining on his list, with a visit set for this weekend.

One player who saw his stock soar during the month of July was Melvin Johnson. The New York City native was named MVP at Hoop Group Elite Session I, and then tore it up at the Desert Duel in Phoenix. Now he has trimmed his list down to four schools.

For Johnson he was happy with his overall performance during the month of July that vaulted him on the radar of many schools.

"I thought I played well," said Johnson. "I was motivated to have a great summer because I didn't have a great spring. I was just motivated to play great and to show people what I can do."

Maybe the highlight for Johnson came when he was named MVP of Hoop Group Elite after a strong performance at the event.

"It is cool," said Johnson of being MVP. "I didn't think I would get the MVP, but when I did get it was I was excited and it was a good feeling."

Now after thinking things over in regards to recruiting and sorting through numerous offers and phone calls, Johnson has trimmed his list to a manageable number.

"I just cut my list down to Virginia Tech, Miami (FL), South Florida, and College of Charleston," he explained.

This weekend Johnson will make a visit to Virginia Tech. The Hokies have made him a priority and this will be his first chance to see the campus.

"They contacted me right after Arizona and expressed interest from the first time I spoke to them," said Johnson. "They offered right away, and they have just been after me real hard. I am going to see the first football game and it is supposed to be a crazy atmosphere. I am excited to see what they have to offer."

Miami has former high school teammate Durand Scott currently on the roster, and the coaching staff has been after Johnson for a while.

"Their coaching staff has been recruiting me since they were at George Mason, so when they came over to Miami I already had a good relationship with them," Johnson explained. "We have just stayed in touch and they want me to visit."

When it comes to South Florida, Johnson likes that he could be a part of a program trying to go to new heights.

"They are re-building and it is a great area with great facilities," noted Johnson of the Bulls. "Their coaching staff is real cool and they talk to me a lot, so I am interested to see what they have to offer."

The only non-BCS school to make the cut was College of Charleston. According to Johnson it is the dedication from the coaching staff that led to them making it to his final four.

"They have been recruiting me harder than anybody," said Johnson. "I think they came to every game this summer except for like two. That was big for me."

For now the next step is the visit to Virginia Tech. He doesn't yet know how many visits he will take, and has no timeframe for a commitment, but Johnson does know what he will look for in a school.

"I am just trying to have a great relationship with the coaches and a place where I can play as a freshman," said Johnson. "All of the schools are far away from home, so I am just looking for a place that will feel comfortable and like a second home."


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