Breaking down Jayce Johnson's final five

Jayce Johnson has five schools remaining in his recruitment. The father of the four-star 2016 center breaks down what makes each of them appealing.

On Monday, Jayce Johnson took the next step in his recruitment by narrowing his school list to five.

According to Jayce's father, Jay Johnson, the 7-foot, 235-pound 2016 center from Santa Monica (Calif.), has cut his list to California, Colorado, Notre Dame, Stanford and Utah.

The elder Johnson told Scout that his family has scheduled in-home visits with Colorado and Utah on Sept. 9, with Cal, Stanford and Notre Dame all expected to step inside the Johnson household as well.

Johnson will take official visits to Colorado on Sept. 19, Notre Dame on Sept. 25, Utah on Oct. 8 and Cal on Oct. 15. The Stanford official has yet to be set up, but will be.

Jay Johnson broke down what the family likes about each of Jayce's five finalists.

California: "We’ve really hit it off with Cuonzo (Martin) and the whole staff. Yanni (Hufnagel) has been recruiting Jayce since he was at Harvard and Vanderbilt and we’ve built a great rapport with him. Cal is a great academic school and I’ve gotten to know the coaches. They have a good group of guys now and it will be interesting to see how they work out. Cuonzo has done some really good things in the year he’s been there."

Stanford: "As far as education, Stanford has to be right there at the top and then there’s a great alumni base once you graduate. You have Johnny Dawkins, who played in the NBA a long time. We’ve hit it off with coach Dawkins, (Tim) O'Toole and (Mike) Schrage. Jayce is a 4.0 student so the academics are a big deal and it’s a really nice area too."

Utah: "Jayce went to a camp up there. Larry (Krystkowiak) played and coached in the NBA. They go out of their way to get the ball inside and run a lot of set plays. Jayce has really stepped up his game as far as his physicality and running and I think he would fit into that program. I think Utah is going to get the ball into the bigs the most. I really like Tommy Connor and Larry; their plan for Jayce is what he’s looking for. Their program really fits for a big guy."

Colorado: "They’ve always been talking to us; Tad Boyle said the offer was there but Jayce had to just come on campus to get it. It’s a great area; I read an article about Pac-12 campuses and quality of life and things like that and I think Colorado was at the top of every one. They have a good program and are losing their big guy, who is a senior. They have a plan for Jayce that Jayce seems good about."

Notre Dame: "They’ve been talking to us for a while and just recently made the offer. My parents are from South Bend, even though that doesn’t play a big role. Coach (Mike) Brey is a great coach and it’s a good program. They have very good academics. We haven’t had the chance to sit down in depth like some of the other guys yet but we will sit down with them during our in-home. They have nice facilities; Martin Ingelsby sent me photos the other night and it looks good. "

It's a fluid situation like any recruitment, but the plan heading into visits is to take all of them.

"That’s the plan," Jay said. "I want him to get a feel and honestly consider all of his five. Who knows - anything can change – but the plan as of now is to take all five visits."


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