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Jalen Johnson's recruitment is heating up

09/07/2015, 2:30pm CDT
By Pat Lawless

Jalen Johnson has a lot of schools actively recruiting him

Jalen Johnson has set an official visit to Providence,

Jalen Johnson had a great AAU season and as a result his recruitment heated up quite a bit. The class of 2016 small forward attributes his success to a couple of key reasons.

“It was really just working out every day and dedicating myself to getting better,” he said. “It was also not settling with the player I was. If I received an offer or a big accomplishment I still strived for more.”

Johnson is happy with how the recruitment process has gone for him, but is looking to get it over with sometime soon.

 “The recruitment process has picked up to the point where I have a lot of schools contacting me,” said the North Carolina native. “I’m very blessed to have those opportunities available to me. Ideally, I’d like to sign in November, but I’m not completely sure. It all depends on how I feel at the time.”

November stands out to him as a potential date for him to decide for one main reason.

“Avoiding stress is a big reason why November I think will be best for me,” Johnson said. “I know if I don’t sign in November I’ll feel a little stressed with coaches watching every game of mine during the high school season. I would just like to get it over with and take my mind off of it, but we’ll see how it goes.”

He has set one official visit thus far and is currently rescheduling another.

“I will be taking an official visit to Providence from September 18-20th,” he told GiveNGo on MADE Hoops. “I was supposed to take an official visit to Florida this past weekend, but we both decided to reschedule it.”

The class of 2016 prospect is looking forward to getting the chance to become more familiar with Providence.

“I’ve talked to the coaches a lot and I really like what they have told me,” he said. “Ed Cooley seemed like a good guy so I’ll be looking forward to going down there and seeing the campus. It’ll also be good to get a better feel for how they play and their academic background.”

Seven schools are recruiting the versatile forward the hardest right now and another storied program has started to express interest in him.

“Providence, Florida, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Miami, South Florida and USC are recruiting me the hardest as of now,” said Johnson. “I know the last school that reached out to my high school coach about me was North Carolina. I don’t know if they will offer anytime soon, but I know they expressed some interest in me.”

He will be suiting up for the prestigious high school program, Wesleyan Christian (NC) for the last time this year. They lost debatably the best high school player in the country in Harry Giles. Johnson feels he needs to step up because of this.

“My mindset going into this year is to continue how I played in the summer,” said Johnson. “I want to come into my own because we lost a big piece to our team in Harry Giles. He helped us tremendously last year and this year I am going to try my best to fill that loss for our team. I’m just going give it my all out there and everything else will take care of itself.”

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