Top 100 Prospect Gets Release

Noel Johnson is changing things up. The 6-foot-6 wing was a member of USC's four man recruiting class, now he's back on the market.

Noel Johnson was set on USC, but with the allegations made about Tim Floyd in a recent article, the 6-foot-5 small forward decided to rethink his options.

"It's official," Lynbert "Cheese" Johnson, the father of Noel Johnson, told Scout.com referring to his son being released from his Letter of Intent with USC.

At this point Johnson's camp is opting not to discuss specific schools, but it sounds like the 56th rated prospect in the 2009 class already has a good idea about which schools he wants to look at.

"We will talk more about that [on Tuesday]," the elder Johnson said. "He has a couple [schools] but we are trying to get it done before summer school starts, so he can get enrolled in summer school wherever he goes."

"There's a couple," he continued. "We will name them when things get closer. It's going to be a short, quick process. We want him to be able to enroll in summer school and get acclimated with his surroundings."

Make no mistake about it, the Fayetteville (Ga.) Fayette County standout wanted to be a Trojan, but according to his father the situation had them worried.

"Anytime you have a kid that is starting his freshman year you want him to go into a calmer setting, rather than having a cloud over your head," Johnson said.

"That was his number one choice because he liked the school, coach [Tim] Floyd and coach [Bob] Cantu," Johnson said. "But facts remain that you can't move that cloud."

Johnson, who was named First Team All-State, averaged 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game during his senior season.


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