Now, though, the 6-foot-4 guard from Lewisburg, TN, has re-added Rick Pitino's program back to his list. The Cardinals – once again – are a player for Kedren Johnson.
"When I cut them off my list I didn't feel like they were recruiting me as hard as some other schools were and as hard as they should have been," Johnson said. "They've caught back up and evened themselves out with everybody letting me know how bad they want me."
What changed the situation for Louisville?
"Coach [Tim] Fuller came in and he started recruiting me really hard," Johnson said. "And then Coach Pitino got involved and took my recruitment into his own hands."
That included a recent phone call from Pitino, who informed Johnson that he's a wanted man for the Cardinals.
"I talked to him a couple days ago," said Johnson. "He talked about me taking my official visit up there."
Johnson made an unofficial to Louisville last season and has familiarity with the Cardinals program. Johnson also said he's developed a good relationship with Fuller in the short time he's been a member of Rick Pitino's coaching staff.
"[Fuller] told me some of their plans if I was to come to Louisville," Johnson said. "I like Louisville's style of play. He told me the plan with me and Peyton Siva. And they're going to have one of the top [recruiting] classes in 2011 and it's something to look at. So I put them back on my list."
How does Louisville plan to use Johnson and Siva, a 5-foot-11 sophomore, together?
"I'm more of a distributor and Peyton's more of a scorer," Johnson said. "He'd probably guard the point guard and I'd guard off the ball, but I'd have the ball in my hands most of the time on offense with me distributing and him scoring."
Is Johnson comfortable with that plan?
"That's what I do," he said.
Johnson plans to schedule official visits soon with his favorites.
"I haven't set any visit dates yet," said Johnson. "The plan is to visit all five schools but I heard from a lot of people you'll never visit all five. But that's the plan to visit all five schools. I don't have any order or dates, though."
Johnson is coming off a weekend visit to Florida to check out Billy Donovan and the Gators, who figure to be a major factor in this recruitment.
"Florida, this season Billy Donovan started coming to some of my games and started recruiting me pretty hard," Johnson said. "I visited Florida (Sunday). It is nice. It's a top-notch program and top-notch facilities. The coaches and players are cool."
Vanderbilt, close to Johnson's hometown, also figures to be a factor.
"Vanderbilt has been recruiting me since my sophomore so I have a good relationship with the coaches and players and it's only about 45 minutes from my home," Johnson said. "But distance doesn't have anything to do with my decision."
Alabama and Memphis round out Johnson's short list of favorites still being considered.
"Alabama is in there also. I've been playing with Levi Randolph since the seventh grade. And my high school style of offense is designed the same as Memphis' offense is," Johnson said.
So what factors will play a major role in Johnson's decision?
"It will just be the overall situation, me being able to come in and play and how many minutes would be available to me my freshman year," said Johnson. "Obviously, winning, who I would be playing with and my relationship with the head coach [are factors]. I'm pretty comfortable with all the [head coaches] at this point."