Anthony Johnson is a 6'2" guard in the class of 2010 and a four-star recruit here at Scout.com. He is being courted by some of the best colleges around and Illinois makes that list. But there's one little problem when it comes to Illinois: recent recruiting success. Illini fans remember when recruiting had been down for the program. But that's not the case today, and for that same reason, seeing Johnson playing in Orange and Blue may never happen. "I'm not going to lie to you, I really like Illinois. I like their system, their players, and their coaches. But they just have too many guards coming in for me. It's nothing personal, but I'm in a situation like that right now here in high school. I love my teammates, but with that much talent, I would be coming in and out of games all the time, never getting a chance to get into the flow of the game," said Johnson.
Johnson's high school team is filled with division one talent, almost all of it at the guard position. Senior point guard, A.J. Rompza is committed to UCF. Junior guards Chris Colvin and Marcus Jordan are seeing their fair share of recruiting interest. And in Johnson's sophomore class is three-star guard, Ahmad Starks. That's a lot of talent all at the guard/wing positions.
Johnson might be looking at the same thing when reviewing the Illini roster now and in the future. He's looking at current freshman guard Demetri McCamey and the incoming 2009 players such as Joseph Bertrand, D.J. Richardson, and Brandon Paul. The Illini also have a commitment from 6'3" shooting guard, Crandall Head, from the class of 2010. "Illinois did offer me a scholarship. I'm honored for that, but right now, I just don't see how it could work for me," Johnson said.
There will be plenty of suitors for his services, "Notre Dame just offered me, Purdue is very interested and Tennessee is too. My parents are keeping most of that information, but I know a lot of schools out west have expressed a lot of interest also," he recalled.
Illinois is not giving up on Johnson and will continue to recruit him until he commits. But it seems the recent up-tick in recruiting success is having a somewhat unexpected consequence, as the bevy of talented players about to head to Champaign may keep others from signing up. Though, in light of the last few years, having too much talent in Champaign is a lot better than the alternative.