Johnson's Contenders Take Shape

Reggie Johnson, a hulking center prospect out of Winston-Salem, is beginning to set up his visit slate.

Reggie Johnson, a 6-foot-8, 280 pounder (and shrinking he recently shed 19 pounds), has a few decisions to make. However, before he locks in and selects his school, Johnson must first find the appropriate level to take his inside game too.

VCU is the mid-major program battling a few high level schools who anticipate bringing him in for a visit. "Mid-majors, I know it might be hard to get looked at but I know I can come in and be productive," Johnson said. "I can play in a college system and VCU is playing big time schools. They just beat Duke in the tournament."

The Rams beat Duke in March but can they fend off ACC programs in September?

"When school starts back I'm going to VCU the second week (Sept. 15) and then Miami. I'll go to either Virginia or Virginia Tech." Johnson told that each head coach has offered him a scholarship.

"Miami has a great situation for me too. They have some guys leaving and I think I have a chance to come in and play productive minutes in the ACC. Plus, I'll look at my relationship with the head coach."

While Johnson weighs his collegiate options, he's been using the oppressive N.C. heat to trim down before school starts.

"I've been outside and lost 19 pounds," Johnson said. "I've been running, running and running. I'm in the weight room everyday. Then I go in the sauna every day and that's helping me out a lot. It's fun. I'm looking back laughing at it now."

The charismatic Johnson isn't ready to make a decision. We fully anticipate him continuing to delve into the issue of mid versus high-major and see how it shakes out in September. "With high-majors I look to see if I can come in and be productive and not sit 2 two years. I want to go somewhere where I'll be needed."

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