Johnson Reflects on Visit, Commitment

Heading into last weekend's official visit to Kansas, Elijah Johnson had somewhat of an idea of what to expect. Having been on campus a handful of times, the six-foot-two inch point guard from North Las Vegas (NV) Cheyenne was already familiar with the atmosphere of Allen Fieldhouse. So, he knew that things could get loud at Late Night in the Phog.

As it turns out, the five star floor general decided that Lawrence was the place he wanted to be during college and he offered up a commitment to Bill Self Saturday night. After getting home and clearing some schoolwork off his desk, the newest Jayhawk took some time to reflect on his visit.

“It was fun, I had fun the whole weekend and it was a good environment to be in,” said Johnson who was accompanied on his visit by several family members. “I can’t wait to go back down there.”

Johnson had seen Allen rocking before, but Friday night’s crowd may have reached a new level as the Jayhawks’ 2008 championship banner was raised to the rafters.

“The K-State game last year was pretty crazy like that,” Johnson told Phog.Net. “That, I mean Late Night, was unbelievable. The way the crowd was out there. It was crazy.”

After taking some time to digest what he’d seen, Johnson met with his family on Saturday. It was then that they decided he would be a Jayhawk.

“After I talked to my family, we knew,” said Johnson. “After everybody was on the same page we realized that Kansas is where we wanted  to be.”

While Late Night was fun, Johnson cited the time he spent with the current players, other recruits and coaching staff as the best part of his visit. Looking ahead, he’s excited about what Bill Self can do for his game.

“I think Coach Self is going to take my game to the next level,” said Johnson. “As far as everything with my skill set goes, I think coach Self can take care of that. The rest of the coaches too.”

Now that his commitment is out of the way, Johnson is happy to have the recruiting process over and done with. He’s looking forward to focusing on school and winning a state championship during his senior year.

As for what Kansas fans should expect when Johnson arrives on campus, he says that he’s hoping to be a pure point guard.

“I don’t think that there is anybody out there that plays like I do. I’m different,” said Johnson when asked to describe his game. “I just want to be able to be a pure point guard for the program. I want to take some stress off of coach and let him breathe out there.”

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