In-state forward to visit

2012 in-state native Brice Johnson spoke with Gamecock Anthem recently about his recruitment and plans to visit an in-state school in the near future.

Brice Johnson entered the summer of 2010 as an unknown, but as of Tuesday, he clearly had made an impact in someone's eyes.

Johnson garnered much attention with the South Carolina Ravens AAU team this summer, so much so, that he was ranked No. 75 in the new Class of 2012 Top 75 updated rankings when they were released on Tuesday.

"Nobody knew me over the summer," he said. "It felt pretty good (to get offers)."

The 6-foot-9 big man states offers from South Carolina, Clemson and Georgia Southern.

He also claims interest from Ohio State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Arizona, Marquette, Gardner-Webb, Nebraska, Wichita State, and a "bunch of others" he couldn't think of off the top of his head.

Coaches recently could start coming by high schools to see prospects work out, and a couple of suitors have been by to see Johnson so far.

"(South) Carolina came; Georgia Southern came and Central Florida," he said. "Florida is supposed to come Thursday."

For South Carolina, coach Darrin Horn and assistant coach Orlando Early were on hand, he said.

Johnson has not visited the Gamecocks yet, but plans to change that in the near future.

"No, I haven't visited," he said, "but I'm going there this weekend to the Furman game."

Fitting that an in-state recruit would travel to Columbia for a game with a pair of in-state foes. When asked if prefers to stay close to home, the Edisto High standout was hesitant to say yes, but one thing is for certain, he wants to be close to his father.

"My mom passed away when I was in ninth grade, and my dad is all I have," he said. "I'd like to stay close to him."

But that doesn't make him a lock for any in-state school as he firmly admits, "I'm wide open right now."

When asked what has brought so much interest to the 6-foot-9 big men, he said the coaches likes his relentless style of play.

"They like the way I play," he said. "They like the way I rebound and how I finish above. I'm always dunking it."

Johnson said he doesn't have a specific timetable, but he knows about when he'll start narrowing things down to make a decision.

"Hopefully, by the end of the summer I can make a decision," he said. "I'll probably start narrowing it down right before the summer starts."

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