Consider this statistic.
Since Scout.com began ranking prospects in 2002, Colorado has never signed a Top 100 prospect. 10 years, no Top 100 recruits. There's a reason that CU has had just one NCAA tournament appearance in that time span.
However, with Johnson's verbal pledge, Colorado now has two Top 100 commitments in its 2012 recruiting class, and one player who is right on the cusp in Wesley Gordon.
In Johnson, Colorado is landing a small forward whose best days are ahead of him. He's a long athlete who can shoot from three and midrange, but can also put the ball on the floor and attack the basket. He needs to become a more consistent three-point shooter and be willing to go to the rim when the shot isn't falling.
Johnson is a good team player, who plays defense and makes the right pass. With college coaching, he'll learn to give consistent effort and use his body and athleticism to become a better rebounder.
Johnson joins two talented big men who have committed to Colorado in Josh Scott and Wesley Gordon. Scott is a relentless scorer who will be able to put points on the board early in his career, while Gordon is better defensively but has the potential to really help the Buffs in the post.
Scout.com hasn't scouted CU's other 2012 commitment in forward Chris Jenkins but word is he's a promising athlete.
The Buffs also remain heavily involved with another Top 100 prospect in point guard Tyrone Wallace.
Regardless of who else Colorado signs this class, Tad Boyle and his coaching staff have definitely made a statement that they're going to be competitive in the Pac-12 in the years to come.
With players like Xavier Johnson, Josh Scott and Wesley Gordon committed to play for the Buffs, the future of the program hasn't been brighter in the past decade.