One of the West Coast’s top 2016 prospects will reclassify to 2015 and announce his college decision shortly.
Scout’s 59th ranked 2016 prospect, Johnson has already taken the necessary steps to reclassify to 2015.
“He transferred to a charter school on Monday,” said the Johnson family source. “The NCAA has deemed him an earlier qualifier - based on 4.0 GPA and ACT scores - which means all they need is a diploma and final transcript.
“He should have that in six weeks at the charter school, which is fully accredited and NCAA approved. He needs to finish a couple classes for state graduation requirements.”
According to the source, Johnson will redshirt wherever he goes.
“Jayce felt it was time for the next chapter,” the source said. “He wants to redshirt this year, even though he would be eligible to play.
“It gives him a semester of college training and development rather than high school. He’ll compete with potential NBA draft picks everyday wherever he goes.”
An interesting twist to this story is that of the three finalists on Johnson’s list, Cal is the only one with a scholarship to give for 2015, meaning if Johnson chooses Utah or Colorado, he’ll be a walk-on and his family will pay his own way once he enrolls in December.
That said, the family is very open to paying his own way for a semester.
“He could be the highest ranked walk-on in history,” the source laughed. “(The family) will do what’s best for Jayce, whether there’s a scholarship available or not.”
Even though a couple different sources close to the recruitment told Scout that Cal is now the team to beat, the family source says that at this time, there is no favorite.
“To tell you the truth, no,” the source said. “There are positives and negatives with all of them. Jayce really gelled with the players and staff at all the programs. He’s got a tough decision ahead of him.”
Look for Johnson, who is currently on an official visit to Utah, to make a decision very shortly.
“He’s most likely going to decide next week,” the source said.