U of L 'in the thick of things' for Johnson

Jaylen Johnson, who has emerged as one of the top rising seniors in the Class of 2014 nationally, spent time on a visit to the University of Louisville this past week. Cardinal Authority checked in with Johnson's camp and has the details.

Ypsilanti, Mich., forward Jaylen Johnson has emerged as one of the top sleepers nationally in the Class of 2014, earning a ton of high-major interest.

The 6-foot-8 Johnson has landed a bunch of new offers, including one from the University of Louisville. He visited U of L this past week and now has the Cardinals among his top options, according to his AAU coach.

"They're right in the thick of things," said Christian Vaughn-Dawkins, who runs the Dorian's Pride AAU team. "I think they're one of his top schools after what we saw (on the visit)."

Vaughn-Dawkins said the visit was "very good," noting Johnson watched the Cardinals practice, sat down with U of L coach Rick Pitino and saw the facilities during his time on campus.

The facilities are unbelievable, coach Pitino was very good, the entire staff is very good," Vaughn-Dawkins said. "The guards they have are really, really good. The workouts that we saw, those guards are good.

"It's going to be a very, very interesting recruitment."

Johnson really emerged several weeks ago with a breakout performance at the Pangos All-American Camp. During his junior season, Johnson, who is just 16-years old, averaged 11.8 points and 10.5 rebounds a game.

He also has offers from Arizona State, Florida State, North Carolina State, Maryland, Iowa, Iowa State, Cincinnati and others. He has serious interest from Michigan, Michigan State and others.

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