September 13, 2010
PG blown away by UA visit
Along with a huge crowd of elite football prospects this weekend, several of the nation's top basketball recruits were in Tuscaloosa for official visits to Alabama, including the Crimson Tide's top point guard target Kedren Johnson. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound four-star out of Lewisburg, Tennessee has the Tide among his top four contenders along with Louisville, Florida and Vanderbilt. After visiting Nashville last week, Johnson was anxious to get a closer look at Tuscaloosa on one of the biggest days of the sports calender and he came away impressed.
"It was a really great day overall," Johnson said. "I already knew a lot about the basketball program at Alabama but this gave me a chance to learn a lot about the campus and the community."
"I got down there on Saturday morning and met with a few people, including the chancellor of the university and Coach Saban. If I were being recruiting for football, there would be no doubt where I was going. That's not to take anything away from Coach Grant because I have a lot of respect for him too, but Coach Saban is just a special guy. He was telling me that everywhere he has been, he has kind of taken it upon himself to help build all the athletic programs and he wants to try to make sure that every team at Alabama has the opportunity to compete for championships."
"I spent a lot of the day hanging out with some of the players. They are all really cool guys and they seem to get along with each other really well. I also hung out with Levi Randolph. Me and him go way back and it's definitely a positive for Alabama that he's going to be playing there too."
Johnson and his fellow recruits attended the Tide football team's victory over Penn State, an experience Johnson said blew him away.
"It was absolutely crazy. I've never seen anything like it. The fans are just completely in love with their team. The players are like rock stars to them. I've been to a lot of schools and I've never seen any fans treat their players like that. It was pretty cool."
While Johnson isn't ready to name a leader among his four remaining school choices, he listed a number of positives he sees for the Tide basketball program.
"Alabama has a lot going for them. The fan support is great but I think Coach Grant is probably the biggest draw for me. He's a great coach as far as player development but he's also a really great in-game coach as well. He knows how to win. I also like that his style of play really seems to fit my strengths as a player."
With no official announcement date set, Johnson said he plans on having his decision made sometime this fall but isn't putting a strict deadline on the process.
"I still have two more visits left to Florida and Louisville. I'm going to try to make a decision before the season starts but if I'm not ready by then, I won't rush a decision. I don't want to have any regrets about my choice so I will definitely make sure I've thought about it from every angle before I make the decision."
Johnson is rated the nation's No. 19 point guard prospect and the No. 75 overall player in the 2011 class.
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