Jordan Adds Johnson to 2014 Class

St. Thomasville (N.C.) New Hope Christian small forward Ryan Johnson verbally committed to Rutgers Monday night and will sign as early as Wednesday. The newest 2014 commitment spoke first with about why he chose Rutgers.

The recruiting process was tough for St. Thomasville (N.C.) New Hope Christian Academy small forward Ryan Johnson, and Monday gave him the chance to breathe a sigh of relief.

Weighing options with his family, the 6-foot-5 senior decided on Rutgers because of the chance to play for Eddie Jordan.

"I'm excited about the program and the things they're about to do there," Johnson said. "Honestly, I had some nice choices, but I sat down with my family and thought that Rutgers was in the best interest for me. It's a great situation."

Johnson built a personal relationship with Jordan over the last month, and is eager to play for the former NBA head coach.

"Eddie Jordan is a great guy," he said. "We've had a lot of conversations and I always paid attention. Rutgers is more than what people see. He's a really good guy. He's definitely going to turn that program around, and I want to help him."

set to enter the Big Ten. He is the fifth member of the class, joining signed prospects Bishop Daniels, Dwayne Foreman, Mike Williams and Ibrahima Diallo.

"I'll play the two and the three but it starts with rebounding," he said. "Rebounding, most importantly, is going to help them win games."

UNC Wilmington and James Madison were his other finalists with Minnesota showing strong interest earlier in the process.

Johnson expects to be a rebounding wing and scoring presence for the Scarlet Knights, who are "This was a really tough decision," Johnson said. "It was tough because I had other great options. James Madison has been recruiting me since day one, and they're great people. It ultimately came down to Rutgers being the best fit."

Johnson will sign his Letter of Intent next week and plans to enroll in June for summer classes and workouts. "I'm going to give it my all every single game," Johnson said. "I'm going to, hopefully, get Rutgers back to where we need to be."

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