THE LIST: Class of 2014 Rivals150
To say the least, the recruiting process has been a whirlwind for four-star Robert Johnson. It will come to an end on Friday when he chooses from among Florida State, Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia.
A 6-foot-3 combo guard from Richmond (Va.) Benedictine, Johnson used a huge spring and summer to go from relative unknown to the No. 42 player in the country and one of the most highly recruited guards in the country.
In particular, Johnson exploded at June's NBPA Top 100 Camp and his game and confidence soared from there.
"I think that was really big," Johnson told Rivals.com. "I got back in the gym and continued to work and saw what level I needed to play at. But confidence is huge. If you go out and believe that you can compete it is always a plus.
"The guys you are playing against have that attitude so if you don't you will really be behind."
For the last month, Johnson has been visiting each of his finalists. After trips to Bloomington, Charlottesville and Chapel Hill he took his final visit over the weekend to Tallahassee.
"That visit went really well I got a chance to be around coach Hamilton and his coaching staff," said Johnson of Florida State. "I think he's one of the better coaches in the country and he did a good job of showing me how I will be used."
Now that his visits are complete, Johnson must make his choice. He said that he spent Monday night making one last call to each of the involved head coaches and now he'll spend the next few days discussing things with his family before announcing at halftime of his high school's football game on Friday.
Before his decision day, Johnson gave a rundown about what stands out about each school.
Florida State: "Like I said I like Coach Hamilton and he showed me how he has developed players. Basically he said he wanted me to come in and immediately be an impact player. He thinks it would be best for me to develop coming in and playing more at the two but make that transition to the point guard as I get a hold of things. He said that it would be up to how I pick things up but he would move me towards the point guard."
Indiana: "First of all it is Indiana and I guess you could say that it is a basketball state and there is a lot of tradition there. They produce a lot of stars and things like that too. There's a good opportunity there and I really like Coach Crean and the way he plans to develop you as a player for the next level. There's also an opportunity for playing time right away as a freshman if I go there."
North Carolina: "I liked it when I went on my visit and I enjoyed my time with the guys. They've got a good group of guys. Coach Williams and his staff made me and my family feel at home. I think it could be a real good situation also. They have good players coming in but he told me about how we could all play together and how we each do something a little different so that playing time would be there."
Virginia: "Coach Bennett is one of the classiest coaches I've talked to in the recruiting process and I really like him. My parents really like him. He's done a good job of explaining his style of play and how it's not a negative for the NBA. A lot of people say they play slow but they also play good defense that makes teams use the shot clock and slows down the game. On offense they want to make sure that they get a good shot but that can come earlier in the shot clock."
While Johnson isn't looking forward to telling three coaches no, he is most looking forward to ending the process and moving on with his development. As it turns out, development and playing time will play big factors in his decision.
"It is whatever school I ultimately think is the best fit and where will I have the opportunity to play the most," said Johnson. "The hardest part is basically every school is in my top four offers kind of the same thing. From a playing time aspect I know I can go in and play at each place. The difference is how will they use me differently and how will I fit in at each school."
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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