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Brandon, Fla., 2019 post player Jayquon Johnson enjoyed a first trip to Louisville; was at football game on Saturday against Florida State

Brandon, Fla., High School 2019 post player Jayquon Johnson enjoyed a first trip to Louisville last weekend. He was at football game on Saturday against Florida State and spent some time with the basketball coaches.

It was quite a first impression at the University of Louisville for 2019 basketball standout Jayquon Johnson.

The 6-foot-10, 245-pound center from Brandon, Fla., High School traveled to Louisville last weekend with his high school coach - Jamie Turner - and spent time with the U of L staff. Turner was able to check out the U of L practice facilities.

And then he watched Louisville's football team whip Florida State.

"A huge first impression," Turner said. "We definitely enjoyed it. It's a great campus and (Johnson) was excited to see it."

Turner said the U of L coaches watched Johnson a bunch this summer when he teamed with top '18 U of L targets Anfernee Simons and Elijah Weaver. But the staff didn't start recruiting him until they figured out he was in the '19 class.

"A lot of (schools) didn't realize he was a '19 kid," Turner said. "But once they figured out that was different."

Johnson came to Brandon at 275 pounds and has lost 30 pounds in a year. He averaged 3.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks last season as a freshman on the varsity level.

"He still has some weight to lose, but he's getting there," Turner said.

Several colleges have started to call Johnson but Turner said his player was excited to be able to see Louisville and noted that he's a "big football fan, so that was fun for him."

"It was very good for him to see everything (at Louisville)," Turner said. "We left and he said, I want to do whatever I have to do to be able to go here. He said he wants to work as hard as he can to play there."

Turner said U of L assistant Mike Balado and head coach Rick Piitno will try to come see him play soon.

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