Johnson Readies For Visits

The past year didn't go according to script for Shaquille Johnson. He lost his buddy Dante Anderson in the spring. However, he's coping and is on the verge of making his college choice.

Shaquille Johnson, a 6-foot-2 combo guard out of Jacksonville (Fla.) Robert E. Lee has a solid handle on his recruitment. As it stands, he's got a trio of programs hot on his trail and he'll kick off his official visit schedule in two weeks.

Dave Dickerson's Tulane program out of Conference USA have first shot at locking him down. "The thing about Tulane is that I'll be an impact player there," Johnson said. "Conference USA, we'll play a good schedule. I've heard good things about Coach Dickerson. I looked at the website, he's got a good background and experience.

Next up is hometown Jacksonville, the program located a mere 10 minutes from his house. "I've got a very good relationship with the coaching staff at Jacksonville. It's right over the bridge, it's not that far. Their non-conference schedule is Michigan State, Florida and Georgetown. They play Florida every year and they try to bring a big team in." The visit is Sept. 21.

Seth Greenberg spent enough time as the South Florida coach to develop strong ties to the state. He's gone into the Sunshine State for under the radar players ranked outside the Top 100 before. Is Johnson next? "They were one of the schools that have been there since the beginning. Plus, it's the ACC and I can go against top competition."

Another ACC program is keeping in touch and could move on Johnson at a later date. "Another school that's involved is Clemson. They've been talking to my dad a lot and they said they're going to come down in September when they're aloud to come out. Others have been calling lately."

Last spring, the death of Dante Anderson impacted Johnson in a big way. The two were best friends and ran with each other on the AAU circuit. "I changed my number to 22 for him. That's the number he wore in high school. I changed it in memory of him. It's still hard."

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