Most prospects cite interest in academics in their college search. Future 6-foot-10 engineer Myles Johnson backs it up with actions.
Less than five hours after Johnson returned home from Rutgers via cross-country overnight flight, Johnson was back in school for one of his final days as a senior at Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic. Two days later, Johnson's National Letter of Intent went East, where he enrolls later this summer for the start of school.
“It feels great now that I've found a school that checks all of the boxes,” said Johnson, who picked Rutgers over Hawaii and Western Kentucky. “For the whole recruiting process to be over takes the weight off my shoulders.”
Johnson signed on Mother's Day as a family gift. He expects to be announced in the 2017 recruiting class later this week.
Forwards Shaquille Doorson and Candido Sa hosted Johnson on his official visit. The discussion ranged everywhere from campus life to Big Ten basketball.
“They were cool,” Johnson said. “I could see myself becoming good friends with them. It's super competition (at Rutgers). I'll be playing against top-tier guys and potential NBA stars but I'm not worried about that.”
The newly-renovated Rutgers weight room showcased phase one of the extensive facility plans under coach Steve Pikiell and athletic director Pat Hobbs.
“Personally, I thought the ones they had were amazing,” Johnson said. “The fact that they're building new ones seems intriguing and the concept pictures they showed me were spectacular.”
Johnson considers himself a rim defender. Assistant coach Jay Young, however, spoke primarily with him about further developing a stretch game offensively.
“He told me that, together, we could extend my game behind the arc and also touch up my post hooks and drop steps,” Johnson said.
Johnson joins guards Geo Baker and Peter Kiss as incoming recruits with their LOI's signed to Rutgers.