Hoops Recruiting Central: Insight on Johnson

2014 guard Robert Johnson is on campus for an official visit this weekend. Who's leading the hunt in his recruitment?

Indiana's big recruiting weekend is underway.

Fort Wayne guard James Blackmon Jr. took an unofficial visit to campus last night and has already left. He decommitted from Indiana last month.

Malachi Richardson, one of the top players in the 2015 class, arrived on campus this morning. We were at Assembly Hall earlier for Tom Crean's camp, and Richardson was seen walking around with assistant coach Kenny Johnson.

Robert Johnson will arrive later today and Isaiah Whitehead will be on campus for an unofficial visit Sunday and Monday.

So that's the update on that, but the real purpose of today's blog it to dive deeper into Johnson's recruitment and give you an inside look at it as he prepares to visit Bloomington for the first time.

As I have written on this site several times during the last week, Indiana is currently leading the chase for Johnson. The Hoosiers are getting Johnson's first official visit, and he could commit by the end of the weekend.

Now, with that being said, I'm told the other major player in his recruitment at this point is North Carolina. Johnson has another official visit scheduled to Virginia, his state school, and is considering taking a visit to Florida State as well. But like I said, it's Indiana at in front at this point with North Carolina somewhat close behind.

Johnson is scheduled to have an in-home meeting with North Carolina coach Roy Williams at some point in early September, if he's not already committed to the Hoosiers by then, of course.

If Johnson leaves Bloomington this weekend without committing, it doesn't mean Indiana is finished by any means, but it's certainly not a good sign. If he does have the in-home meeting with Williams and ends up taking an official visit to North Carolina, then it's anybody's game.

That's what I know right now. We will check in with Robert and those in his circle once the visit is over to find out how it went.


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