Five-star Johnson won't rush his recruitment

Dakari Johnson has interest from some of the top schools in the country, but that doesn't mean he's in a hurry to jump into the recruiting process.

Dakari Johnson left his mark this summer.

Although he wasn't able to close out July, due to a sprained MCL, Johnson was productive in not only the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, but also with the U17 USA Basketball team.

"I think I played very well in the EYBL," Johnson said. "Playing with USA Basketball, it was a great experience to play overseas. I think that was two good things this summer. Then I got hurt in July, unfortunately so I had to sit out."

Through 18 games of the EYBL, Johnson averaged 15.9 points and a league leading 10.7 rebounds a game.

"Last year I had to sit out so I spent a lot time in the weight room trying to get my body trim and slim," Johnson said. "I just tried to dominate the rebounding and even doing the little things."

On the recruiting front, Johnson has a host of schools tracking his every move. Johnson specifically cited interest from Kentucky, Syracuse, Georgetown, Florida, Ohio State, Kansas, North Carolina and Georgia.

He also said there are a number of other schools from the Big East, SEC and ACC involved.

"It's going good," he said of his recruitment. "They are all calling me and the college coaches are telling me that they are coming out September 9th. A lot of college coaches are telling me that's when they are going to come out."

Johnson informed that he would take an unofficial to Georgia this coming weekend. Johnson is also expected to take an unofficial visit to Florida the weekend of September 22nd.

North Carolina is among the recent schools to show interest in Johnson. He said they plan to track him during the September open period.

"They just recently started contacting me," he said. "I've talked to one of their assistant coached. They said they really use their big man. They are going to watch me during open gym."

Kentucky is also a school heavily involved in Johnson's recruitment. Johnson went to middle school in Lexington and is quite familiar with the area.

"It does stick out to me because I have a lot of good friends that live in Kentucky," he said when asked about spending time in Lexington. "It's very intriguing to me knowing that I have a lot of good friends down there and I'm familiar with the area."

Despite the early attention, Johnson, who is ranked No. 7 overall in the 2014 class, said he won't focus on recruiting until later in his high school career.

"I'm not in any rush," Johnson said. "I'm just letting it come to me. I'll probably focus on it more and narrow down my list after the high school season."

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