Johnson on the Kansas Radar

Ravern Johnson's ride this spring has been a bumpy one. The Jackson Tigers rolled snake eyes in Las Vegas this past weekend at the Easter Classic, getting bounced early during the playoffs and getting precious little time to compete in front of college coaches.'s Hank Hoffman was on hand to get the latest on Johnson's recruitment.

Johnson, however, played perhaps his finest game of the tournament during the Tigers'elimination loss, scoring 19 points and showcasing the ample athleticism that has made him a high-major target.

Johnson, a 6-6 WF at Clarksdale (Miss.) Coahoma County, has shooting range to the three-point line and appeared determined to prove that in his first games with the Tigers, and it wasn't until he focused on getting to the rim that he showcased his wiry speed and finishing ability above the rim.

Coaches have seen Johnson at his best, which is why some heavy hitters have made overtures toward him already and plan to evaluate him more closely at upcoming events.

"The schools there now are Florida, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, Kentucky, Illinois and Kansas," Johnson said. "They're all just showing me interest and stuff. There aren't any offers yet."

As he enters the process of getting numerous interviews about his ultimate college decision, Johnson will face the very prominent question directed at all Deep South recruits: Would you leave home?

"Honestly, I haven't thought about (staying or leave home)," Johnson said. "The main thing is that I like to run, and I want to play in a fast system. I think I'll be a two (guard) in college."

Johnson said that he doesn't have any early leaders, and obviously he'll have to collect some formal scholarship offers before he can truly narrow his list. As it stands now, he plans to take some visits in the fall and sign during the November period.

Johnson will continue to tour with the Tigers, and he'll also make stops at the Nike All-American Camp and Nike Skills Festival.

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