Jaylen Johnson, Scout.com's No. 62 ranked recruit, called Rick Pitino on Friday and gave him a verbal pledge. According to Johnson's mother – Janette – her son picked Louisville over Oregon and Michigan State.
"It's a weight off of our shoulders," she said about the commitment. "It's a Hall of Fame coach in Rick Pitino. He has knowledge on how to be a player in this game. He's a teacher of this game."
"He really supported Jaylen," she added. "When he found Jaylen, he loved him right away. Not only that, he treated him like he was so important. He treated my child like he was special. He saw something in Jaylen."
Louisville began recruiting Johnson in early June and tracked him throughout July.
"Jaylen was impressed by him," Johnson said. "We developed a great relationship with him. I don't want to down another schools recruiting, but it was just a good fit for Jaylen. It was just a great fit with Rick Pitino and the University of Louisville."
According to Johnson, her son made up his mind nearly two weeks ago. To go with their relationship with Pitino, she also said Kevin Keatts played a major role in his decision.
"The coaching staff at the University of Louisville deserves a thumbs up because their whole staff recruiting him," she said.
"Coach Keatts is honest," she said. "When you get to know him, it'd be hard to not play for him. You're already in awe of coach Pitino. But coach Keatts is straightforward, honest and just a good guy. He knows how to relate to Jaylen. He's genuine."
Johnson is Louisville's third top 100 commit of the 2014 class. He joins five-star guard JaQuan Lyle and four-star scorer Shaqquan Aaron to make up their current class.
Johnson, a standout at Ypsilanti (Mich.) High, is a four-star prospect and the No. 14 power forward in the class.