I got the opportunity last night to catch up with Robert Johnson Sr. for an extended period of time, and got to dive deeper into his son's recruiting process.
The full story from that conversation is up as the main story on the site, but I wanted to use the blog today to explore Johnson Sr.'s comments and offer my interpretation of some things.
Perhaps the most interesting thing to come from that conversation was the fact that Johnson came somewhat close to committing after his official trip to Indiana. He told his dad he was thinking about it at the airport afterward, but Johnson Sr. told him it needed to be discussed as a family. After that happened, Johnson thought it was best to hold off and take the other visits.
Why? Because his father told him this:
"I let him know, as far as I stand, once he commits, that's it," Johnson Sr. said. "He wants to get it over with, but he doesn't want to rush into anything."
My read on the situation after Johnson left Bloomington without committing was that maybe Indiana wasn't his leader anymore. After scheduling an official to North Carolina, it seemed that they may have become the front runner. If a school and coach like that gets a kid on campus, then you never know. And that still is the case.
I do get the sense that it's still fairly neck and neck between Indiana and North Carolina, but you have to think the Hoosiers still have the slight edge. They can offer Johnson immediate playing time, something the Tar Heels may not be able to do. Sure, maybe Johnson is better than some of the guards North Carolina already has signed and could jump ahead of them in the rotation, but I think immediate playing time is more of a guarantee at Indiana.
The other big thing I took away from the conversation with Johnson Sr. was the possible visit to Georgetown in October. Johnson Sr. said nothing has been finalized, but dates have been discussed with the Hoya staff. That would mean Johnson's process lasts another month, likely leaving Indiana without a single 2014 commit for that time. I always thought Johnson would be the first domino to fall one way or the other, but that may not be the case anymore.
That's the update there. Johnson will take his official visit to North Carolina with his parents this weekend and then is scheduled to visit Florida State the following week. We'll have another update sometime next week, I'm sure.
Things are pretty quiet elsewhere on the recruiting front, but 2016 California forward T.J. Leaf did take an unofficial visit to Indiana yesterday. I talked to Leaf this morning and he said things went well. I will have a full story from that visit up later this afternoon.
Thanks for reading.