Hoosiers Still After 2010's Johnson?

Class of 2010 guard Ricardo Johnson (left) has taken one unofficial visit to Indiana, and had originally planned to go to IU for Hoosier Hysteria. Johnson explains why that visit never happened, and updates what's been keeping him busy these days...

Bloomington – Ricardo Johnson is a hot recruiting commodity, but he's been a bit removed from the recruiting scene as of late.

The 6'3" junior from Covington (Ky.) Holmes H.S. is still a closely watched recruit by a slew of programs from around the Midwest, but the Class of 2010 standout has turned most of his attention away from recruiting and directed at his high school basketball season.

"I'm still thinking about recruiting, but I'm trying focus on my team and helping us this season," Johnson said. "Schools are still sending me stuff, but I haven't been calling people because it's basketball season and I've been thinking about that."

Indiana is one of the schools that has been sending Johnson plenty of recruiting mail in recent weeks and months. Johnson was on the Bloomington campus the last weekend of September for the Indiana-Michigan State football game, and had originally planned to return a couple of weeks later for Hoosier Hysteria. But Johnson said those plans fell through due to some family issues that came up.

"The timing wound up being bad for me," Johnson said of missing out on Hoosier Hysteria. "I really haven't heard that much from (Indiana) since I was up there, but I am still getting mail from them."

Other schools that have shown a lot of interest in Johnson include, among others, Cincinnati, Xavier, Louisville, Kentucky, Georgetown, Eastern Kentucky, West Virginia, South Florida and Butler.

For now, communicating with coaches via the mailbox is just fine for Johnson, who has designs on helping his high school team win one more game than it did a year ago. Covington Holmes advanced to the Kentucky state championship game last year, where it lost to UK recruit Darius Miller's Mason County H.S. team.

An athletic shooting guard, Johnson averaged 11.1 points and 3.8 rebounds as a sophomore and suspects he'll be counted on to do a lot more this winter. He's already been identified by some as potentially the best junior in the state of Kentucky.

"I don't really feel any pressure (about the attention), it just drives me to get better every day," Johnson said. "I've never really thought of myself that way – I just try to go out and work hard."

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