St. Benedict's Prep guard Melvin Johnson is getting close to making his college decision. The a 6-foot-3 combo guard has a long list of offers but has narrowed his choices down to a final four schools, and is in the process of visiting each. Recently he took an official visit to Tamp to check out what the Bulls had to offer. Read on for all the details on the visit and where he stands with his recruitment.
The Bulls football program may be making all the news lately, but there's hoops news to report s well, as Bulls head basketball Coach Stan Heath hosted St. Benedict Prep shooting guard Melvin Johnson for a recent official visit.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound combo guard has seen his stock rise this summer after being named MVP at Hoop Group Elite Session I, and then tore it up at the Desert Duel in Phoenix, where he averaged 24 points per game.
Johnson claims an offer list of around 20 including offers from programs such as Virginia Tech, Miami, South Florida, George Mason, La Salle, Hofstra and South Carolina, but has narrowed his choices down to a final four schools of Virginia Tech, Miami, South Florida and College of Charleston. He already visited Virginia Tech and made a recent trip to check out South Florida.
"The trip to USF was real nice," said Johnson. "I got to spend time with the coaching staff, the players, the academic staff, see the campus and the facilities, and I really enjoyed myself."
Johnson has been to Florida before but never to Tampa and came away very impressed.
"The campus was very nice, with nice new buildings and very pretty to look at," said Johnson. "It's big and I liked how it was laid out, and the surrounding area was real beautiful to look at, and the weather was just amazing."
"They have great new facilities, and are probably among the best in the country," said Johnson. "Everything was top notch, the weight room, the locker room; players lounge, practice courts, and even the hall ways were nice. Everything was so pretty, especially the outside, and everything just popped."
"Their main stadium is all torn up and under construction, and won't be done until next year" said Johnson. "But the model they have just looks incredible. It's going to be awesome when it's completed."
While on the visit Johnson got to spend quality time with Coach Heath and the Bulls coaching staff.
"I really like the USF, they're real cool people, and are an awesome staff," said Johnson. "I already had a good relationship coming, but it was nice to spend more time with them."
"Coach Heath is a good coach, a good guy and seems real honest with me," said Johnson. "He tells you like it is, doesn't sugar coat anything. He said he really like me as a combo guard and how I can score points."
During his time in Tampa, Johnson got hang out and bond with the USF players
"My host was Toarlyn Fitzpatrick and I got to hang out with him, Gus Gilchrist and a most of the guys. The players were real cool, very chill, laid back, and down to earth," said Johnson. ‘They seem like they're ready to work and make some noise in the BIG EAST."
The stand-out combo guard talks about why he has USF as one of his top choices.
"Well of course the coaching staff, they've shown a lot of interest in me and let me know how much they liked me from day one," said Johnson. "They're in a great location and play in the best conference in the country. They're rebuilding as a program but are doing a lot to get to the next level with all they're doing with the new facilities and arena they're building."
Johnson has a top four but is there a pecking order among his finalists?
"Of course Virginia Tech and South Florida stand out the most, because I've already taken officials visits to both," said Johnson. "So right now it would be those two."
"I've been thinking about the coaches, the players, the environment, the campus, and everything, and each one has its strong points," said Johnson. "With South Florida and me being from New York, the weather really stands out, especially come February."
The St. Benedict's Prep guard plans on taking an official visit to another one of his finalists, Miami this weekend for Saturday's football game against Ohio State."My next visit is to Miami this weekend," said Johnson. "I'm looking forward to see how that goes."
As to when he'll make his decision, Johnson would like to make it sooner than later.
"I'll probably make it sometime in October or early November," said Johnson. "Things I'm looking at is the coaching staff, how I feel with the players, being able to play as a freshman, and where I feel comfortable at, I want it to be like a second home to me."
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