2012 Forward Has Gators in Top 2

The Florida Gators are really on the lookout for inside help in the 2012 basketball recruiting class. Florida loses their entire starting front court to graduation this year and only has one prospect coming in for 2011. Brice Johnson is a big time forward that the Gators have their sights on and as it turns out, he is also very interested in the Gators.

Brice Johnson throws in 20 points and 15 rebounds a game for Cordova (SC) Edisto HS and that is just a part of what has made him one of the more sought after forwards in all of high school basketball for the class of 2012. His game is versatile and as a matter of fact, some college coaches compare different parts of his game to two different big time Florida Gator Greats.

"They like that I can play the three or the four," Johnson told FOX Sports by phone on Monday. "I just try and play my best. Some coaches tell me I play like Joakim Noah and Al Horford."

Florida is certainly one of the teams throwing those accolades around and they don't use those names lightly. The fact is, at 6-9 and 190 Johnson can play in the blocks, but the Gators want him mixing it up and using his athletic ability to play like the SEC's 2011 Player of the Year.

"They told me if I was on the team I would play the position Chandler Parsons plays because he will be gone," Johnson said.

Johnson is actually very familiar with Florida and really seems to like what everything the Gator program has to offer.

"I was there for the South Carolina football game," Johnson said about a visit he made in November. "I really like the coaches there and they also came up to visit me. I really like all the Florida coaches. I also like that they aren't very far from home. It's only about five hours."

His recruitment isn't over, but at the moment, two schools stand out for Johnson. The home state Clemson Tigers and the Florida Gators are pushing hard for his services right now.

"There are really two schools that stand out the most," he said. "I am still considering everyone, but Florida and Clemson stand out the most. "Clemson is in the ACC and play all the top schools," he said. "I like challenges." \

"I know more guys at Florida because I hung out with the team when I went down there for the weekend," he said. "We just had a great time when I went down for the Carolina game. I like the coaches at Florida a lot and how they practice. I watch them every time I get a chance."

A comfort level is what he is shooting for in the end and what his final decision will be based on. "I am going to go to the school that is the best fit for me," he said.

As an athlete his abilities are off the charts. At 6-9, he is also on the track team competing in the triple jump, long jump, and high jump. He will take his show on the road in the summer time and visit more programs. No doubt, Florida and Clemson will be prime stops on the Brice Johnson tour.

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