PG Tyrone Johnson's Decision Looming

The 17th-rated point guard in the 2011 class didn't have any interest in Rutgers a few months ago, but now has the Scarlet Knights in his top three. Johnson grew up close to the Rutggers campus, and he spoke to ScarletReport.com about what changed in his recruitment, and when he could make a decision. Go inside to find out.

Shortly after Rutgers named Mike Rice it's new men's basketball coach, point guard Tyrone Johnson paid a courtesy visit to the Scarlet Knights.

Afterward, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Johnson said he liked the staff, but still wasn't interested because of the rebuilding project that needs to take place.

But as Johnson gets closer to making an announcement – it could come as early as this weekend – the Scarlet Knights remain in contention.

His final three schools are Villanova, Georgetown and Rutgers, but only the Scarlet Knights come as a surprise.

"They are the home state school, they've been there, they've been pushing and they've been recruiting me well," Johnson said. "I thought that was good enough for me. Whether I pick them or not, I thought they did a good job and they impressed me there."

Johnson, who played at Plainfield (N.J.) High last season but is mulling a transfer, is the No. 17-rated point guard in the 2011 class. He was being recruited to Georgetown by new Rutgers assistant coach David Cox.

But it isn't only Cox's arrival at Rutgers that signaled Johnson's renewed interest in the Scarlet Knights.

"They want to build a program around me, and they've got me as their No. 1 guy," Johnson said. "They're coming at me, and coach Cox helps."


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