Visits Key For Johnson

Stanley Johnson, the 8th ranked prospect in the country, says his visits will be the deciding factor when he chooses a college...

Stanley Johnson, 6-6 SR SF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, is one of the elite prospects in the country and his recruiting list reflects that status.

"I have offers from USC, UCLA, Duke, Kansas, Oregon, Kentucky, Florida and Arizona," said Johnson.

When asked if he has a sense of which schools have been recruiting him the hardest, Johnson replied, "It's been pretty even to be honest. I don't like to be on the phone that much. I think in the fall I'll really start to get serious and start talking to coaches every week like I should be."

I asked Johnson if he has criteria in mind for picking a school.

"It all starts with the visit," said Johnson. "I can say whatever I want to say right now, but if a school has what people call the "it factor" about it, then that's the school for me. I'm giving seven schools, so I'll drop one school from my list and visit everyone else."

I asked Johnson for his impression of the local schools, starting with USC.

"USC did a great job of recruiting coaches that can really recruit players," said Johnson. "They have coaches that I relate to, so they did a great job with that. Coach Enfield is a really good coach. I really like his style of play, the way he does his thing, I like the way he handles himself."

I asked Johnson for his impression of the new staff at UCLA.

"The new staff is great, Coach Alford is a great person," said Johnson. "I like the way he handles his business and he's going to do a great job at UCLA. I'm not really familiar his coaching style the way I am with USC. It's going to be a minute, they just got started, and they've been really busy trying to get their 2013 and the guys they already have on campus, getting them comfortable. So I see where they're coming from. They're going to get a visit and the visit will be the deciding factor with every school. So I'm not really worried about what they have to say, I'm more worried about the visit."

I asked Johnson if he plans on signing in the fall.

"No, I'm not going to sign in the fall," said Johnson. "I'm definitely going to wait until the spring. I might commit somewhere in the fall or winter, but I'll sign in the spring."

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