Vanderbilt Makes Johnson's Final Four

Kedren Johnson is ranked as a top 25 point guard in the class of 2011 and is a player the Vanderbilt staff seems to have made a priority. The 6'5, 213-pounder from Marshall County (TN) lists the Commodores amongst his finalists.

"Final four [schools on my list are] Vanderbilt, Memphis, Alabama, and Florida," Johnson said. He claims offers from all of the schools that remain on his list.

"If someone came in with a better situation after July I'd consider it, but those four are in stone," said Johnson of whether other programs could possibly get involved.

The closest of the four to his home is Vanderbilt, which could bode well for the recruiting efforts of Kevin Stallings and Co., as Johnson could choose to remain local for his college years.

"Kinda, yeah, my parents love attending my games [and I am] trying to make it as easy as I can [so that is] gonna come into play," said Johnson of whether or not location will play a factor in his decision.

Johnson has an idea of about when he will make his college choice, saying, "Trying to make it before the high school season, but I only get to do it once [and I want it to be right]. So, if it goes into the season, can't control it."

Asked whether or not he had a dream school while growing up, Johnson responded, "Not really. My dad went to Tennessee, but that didn't have anything to do with it."

"The coaches, I got a deep bond with the coaches," Johnson said of Vanderbilt. "The players got the right situation and they got players who compete to win and the academics [are big too]. I can't even lie, I'm 17 and [I am not] supposed to care about academics, but if you go to Vandy, you can do whatever you want."

Johnson mentioned that he is primarily being recruited to Vanderbilt by Assistant Coach Dan Muller.

NBA star Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz, who played his college ball at Illinois, is the player to whom Johnson compares his game, despite being a couples inches taller. Johnson lists decision-making as the foremost strength of his game. As for his main weakness, Johnson said, "The quicker guards, trying to sit down and defend the quicker guards."

When a school has a big-time talent in its backyard, the player generally becomes a chief target. That is the case for Vanderbilt and Kedren Johnson, and with the Commodores in his final group of schools, the SEC school is in good shape with the big, talented floor general. Time will tell whether or not Kevin Stallings and his staff are able to reel in the Volunteer State standout.

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