Very few class of 2017 members put up bigger numbers this high school season than Markell Johnson. The elite athlete improved on his shooting and became one of the hotter commodities on the recruiting trail. Now Johnson is considering some high level offers and a potential classification into 2016.
“This year the high school season went really well,” said Johnson. “We had a lot of doubters that said we wouldn’t make it far in the tournament, but we made it pretty far, so it was good.”
Johnson has made big strides with his game over the past several months. When asked what he has improved on the most, Johnson said, “I have been improving on going downhill and not settling for bad shots. I am attacking a lot more, and also I feel like I have improved as a leader and with my jump shot.”
When it comes to his recruitment, Johnson remains open in the process and says numerous schools are making him a priority recruit.
“I’ve been talking to Ohio State, Louisville, Florida, Cleveland State, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, and some others,” said Johnson.
One of the biggest questions surrounding his recruitment isn’t even what school he will attend, rather when he will enroll in college.
About that decision, Johnson said, “As of right now I am still in the class of 2017. My mom wants me to stay in 2017, but if I feel like I can go to college and play next year that is what I’m going to do.”
With scholarships now available, Ohio State has been a major factor in Johnson’s recruitment. The past few months have seen Ohio State really turn up the heat on Johnson, and he says he has a good relationship with the coaching staff in Columbus.
“I have a very good relationship with the coaches at Ohio State,” noted Johnson of the Buckeyes. “I am a hometown kid from Ohio, so it is good to have them and it would mean something to play at Ohio State.”
Another school that has shown significant interest is Louisville.
About Louisville, Johnson said, “I like Louisville’s style of play. They press on defense and they let their guards play. I feel like I would fit well there.”
Also the NC State Wolfpack have a lot of scholarships to offer in both 2016 and 17, and they have made it clear they want Johnson to be one of the players to fill out that roster.
“NC State has been telling me I can come in 2016 and team up with Dennis Smith or come in 2017, they say they like me a lot,” explained Johnson.
For now Johnson says he has no specific timeframe for a decision and no future visits set up.