The ever changing recruitment of Markell Johnson continues to evolve. The four-star point guard has debated between 2016 and 2017, and a recent coaching change also could have a potential huge impact on his recruitment.
After initially making a statement that he is indeed definitely headed to 2016, Johnson backed off of that recently.
In his own words, Johnson said, “It’s really just my decision at this point. My mom told me it is okay if I go 2016 or 2017, so I just want to play this AAU season out and see if I am college ready.”
He continued, “I still have to finish up some course work as well, but I am confident I can get that done.”
On the recruiting trail Virginia Tech, West Virginia, NC State, Xavier, Florida, Ohio State, and Louisville have all been involved with Johnson to varying degrees.
Virginia Tech was considered the leader for his services, though his recruiter, Isaac Chew, recently left for Texas A&M, and that does have an impact.
“He was the main one recruiting me,” said Johnson of the Hokies. “I talked to Buzz (Williams) like two times on the phone, and when I was there. Coach Chew was the one recruiting me though, and for him to go to Texas A&M was just different.”
One school that has been picking things up recently is West Virginia, and Johnson says he could be visiting Morgantown in the near future.
“I have texted with Coach (Bob) Huggins a lot, and we talked when he came to Cleveland,” said Johnson of the Mountaineers. “I am trying to visit there soon and see everything.”
Another school that is keeping in very close contact with Johnson is Xavier. The Musketeers appear open to having Johnson in either their 2016 or 2017 class.
“Me and Coach (Travis) Steele text almost every day, and I like their style of play,” explained Johnson. “Also Xavier is a good academic school with smaller class sizes, so I like that.”
For now Johnson says he is gaining as much information as possible about the schools recruiting him and his own situation.
About the timing of a final choice on when he will enroll, Johnson said, “I probably will decide early July what I want to do in terms of 2016 or 2017.”