Hoops Recruiting Central: Johnson update

2014 guard Robert Johnson scheduled the rest of his official visits on Wednesday. What does it mean for Tom Crean and Indiana?

By now, you've probably heard the news: Robert Johnson will visit Virginia, North Carolina and Florida State in the next three weekends.

Johnson, who was in Bloomington this past weekend for his first official visit, has accelerated his timeline and will likely make a college decision following his final visit, to Florida State, Sept. 13-15.

Now, what does this mean for Indiana? There's a couple different ways to look at it. Some people believed Johnson was a candidate to commit before leaving campus last weekend. That didn't happen. Now, he will see three other schools, including North Carolina.

Tom Crean and the Hoosiers would have rather Johnson never seen Chapel Hill. Once Roy Williams and Co. get him on campus, you never know.

But at the same time, Indiana is still in great shape with Johnson, and he may just be accelerating his timeline because he is more ready to make a decision after visiting Indiana last weekend. One way or another, the Hoosiers will get an answer on Johnson in the next few weeks, and that's a good thing.

Johnson's high school coach, Ryan Marable, told our Evan Daniels that Indiana is still the leader for Johnson.

"I think so, just because of the visit and the relationship he has with the coaching staff," Marable said. "I think his parents kind of want him to see the other schools. He's kind of said he doesn't have anything to compare it to visit wise. He wants to make sure that's the place he could see himself."

"I think IU is in a good position with him now because of how much fun he had on campus, what they told him and his expected role with him coming in as a freshman," Marable said.

As I wrote in the original story on Johnson last night, his importance to Indiana cannot be understated at this point. With nobody committed in the 2014 class, Crean and his staff are hoping Johnson will be the first domino to fall.

Even though both schools are getting visits, I'm told Florida State and Virginia aren't serious contenders for Johnson at this point. It's really down to Indiana and North Carolina.

So that's my take on Johnson for now. Other quick things today:

***Tyus Battle, a 2016 guard from New Jersey, remains in town for his unofficial visit until tonight.

***Isaiah Whitehead is still in the process of scheduling more visits. He's expected to return to Indiana for an official the weekend of Hoosier Hysteria, which would be huge.

***Haven't talked about him much in this blog, but Louisville decommit Quentin Snider continues to rack up the offers. He picked one up from Tom Izzo and Michigan State recently and already has visits scheduled to UCLA and UCONN.

Indiana has not yet offered Snider, but could be a player in his recruitment if they decide to do so. He's a pure point guard, and a good one at that.

That's all for today. Thanks for reading.

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