Johnson Headed West

Noel Johnson, a 6-foot-6 Top 100 prospect, is headed West. The Georgian committed to a Pac-10 program Monday afternoon.

Remember that enormous recruiting weekend the Trojans hosted earlier this month? Well, on Monday the first domino of what Tim Floyd hopes to be a windfall of commitments, finally toppled over.

Noel Johnson, Scout.com's No. 58 prospect in 2009, committed to the Trojans after considering a bevy of high-major programs. Johnson is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard out of Fayetteville (Ga.) Fayette County.

"From talking to Coach Floyd and Coach Cantu, the whole staff player a role in the visit and also played a big part in my decision," Johnson said. "I just liked the whole atmosphere out there and I liked how they can set you up for life after college."

Johnson visited the weekend USC toppled Ohio State and saw what a big time collegiate weekend in a major city looks like. "It's still a football school but the basketball team is coming up too." In 2007, USC landed Scout.com's top overall prospect, O.J. Mayo.

Johnson felt USC was dogged in its pursuit of him and made him a priority on the wing. "They called my dad and kept coming to my school when it was unexpected and kept checking on me."

Johnson's father played at Wichita State and was drafted in the third round of the 1979 NBA draft. Noel Johnson joins Demetrius Walker on the Trojans current commit list.


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