Noel Johnson is back in school at Fayette County (Ga.) High School and he has plenty of stories to tell about his summer. The 6-foot-7 senior played against a wide variety of players and he's being recruited by a wide variety of colleges.
A week into his final year of high school, Johnson said he's had a moment or two to reflect on his busy summer. The four-star wing just returned home from Dallas after participating in the adidas Nations event. At the event, Johnson had a chance to play against some of the top players in the nation and the world.
"It was a great experience. You got a chance to interact with people you don't normally get to see play like from China, Latin America and Europe. It was a great experience for me," Johnson said. "It was different because I've never played against people from other countries."
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With his summer schedule behind him now, Johnson is focusing his energy on finding the right college for him.
Johnson will visit USC and UCLA in the fall, he says. The trip to USC will be on Sept. 12 when the Trojans play host to Ohio State on the gridiron. The UCLA trip will happen in October.
Johnson said he is also looking at taking visits to Miami, N.C. State, Wake Forest in the fall.
"I hope to get them in the future," Johnson said. "The visits out there are going to be real important, just to see how the coaches interact with their players when we are at the football game."
The wish list for a college is simple, he says.
"I want to find a team where I can play immediately and a coach that is going to push me and not take any plays off. I want one of those coaches that is always going to push me," Johnson said.
Is there any staff or school that stands out more than the rest at the moment? He says there is.
"Tim Floyd and his whole USC staff right now," Johnson said.
Johnson said he is also considering interest from Seton Hall, Virginia Tech and Harvard, too.
The visits, Johnson reiterates, will play a major part in his decision and the visit tour is about to begin.