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Clemson has landed the verbal commitment of four-star guard Noel Johnson. The addition puts the finishing touches on what has to be considered the top recruiting class in the history of Clemson basketball.

Noel Johnson, a 6-7 shooting guard out of Fayetteville, Ga., confirmed to the Clemson coaching staff at 6:10 PM what CUTigers reported just an hour before.

Yes indeed, he's coming to Clemson.

"I called Coach Purnell to let him know," Johnson told CUTigers.com shortly after making his decision. "He was pretty excited about it. They've been recruiting me since 9th or 10th grade.

"I had pretty much reached the decision yesterday [after visiting Clemson], but I wanted to sleep on it. Clemson is closer to home for me so that was big and I just really liked Coach Purnell."

Johnson averaged 28 points per game during his senior year, and is the No. 13 shooting guard in the country according to Scout.com.

He chose Clemson over his other top school - LSU, but only after being released from his scholarship from Southern California.

Johnson also said one of the big selling points of the Clemson program came with the academic support staff.

"We met with the academic advisors yesterday and that went really well," he said. "That makes a difference."


Noel Johnson is the No. 13 shooting guard prospect in the nation according to Scout.com.

A host of other schools also offered Johnson, including UNLV, Charlotte and Georgia Tech.

And as far as which position the four-star standout will play- Johnson says his versatility will allow him to play as many as three.

"They are telling me I could play mainly the two [shooting guard] or the three [small forward]. They said I could also play some one [point guard]," he said.

When asked about his all around game, Johnson told CUTigers, again, that his versatility is what makes him extremely dangerous.

"And I can score," he added. "I can score pretty much doing anything. I can handle the ball and that's something I've really worked on within the last year."

The addition of the four-star guard strengthens Clemson's already strong 2009 recruiting class which features one of the top players in the nation in five-star forward Milton Jennings.

The Tigers also signed four-star forward Devin Booker, as well as three-star guard Donte Hill as well.

Without Johnson, Clemson had already recruited the No. 21 class in the country. With Johnson the Tigers should vault easily into the top 15.

The four-star guard said he'll be signing his LOI soon and that he'll officially report to campus on June 28.

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