His defense and his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates are two of his traits that are drawing attention from college coaches in the first few weeks of the AAU circuit. Xavier also knows what he needs to improve on before he gets to college. “I want to improve my shooting. When I shoot, I want to be counted on to make the shot. I also want to get stronger.”
Xavier has a handful of offers and several schools that are starting to show interest. Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Tulane, Providence have all offered. “I’m also hearing from Washington, Florida State, South Florida, Virginia Tech, and Xavier. Johnson feels that Nebraska is the one school that is recruiting him the hardest right now.
The recent visit for Xavier was to Georgia Tech. Coach Josh Pastner had previously offered Xavier. Johnson also spent time on the visit with Coach Tavaras Hardy. Xavier liked what he saw from Tech on the visit. “I loved the campus and the hospitality at the school was very good. The social life there is something that I also liked.”
Additional visits have not been planned at this time. “We hope to make it to the Peach Jam in July and then go to the finals in Vegas.” Xavier won’t plan any visits until those events have been completed.
Naming a list of favorites is also not on the horizon right now for Xavier. “I feel that I haven’t received all the offers that I’ll be getting. I’ll probably have a school picked out in September and sign in November.”
When he makes his college decision, distance from home may play a factor in that decision. “I don’t want to be that far from my family.” Xavier will be looking for a school that plays at a high level and plays in one of the top conferences. Xavier understands what he’ll be looking for as a freshman. “I want to earn my playing time and not be a player that just gives guys a rest.”