Darrell Johnson Cuts His List To Two

Posted Apr 3, 2012
Ben Weixlmann

Parkway North and SLU recruit Darrell Johnson has trimmed his list to two schools. He talks to BillikenReport.com about why he made the decision, and which two schools are in the mix.

Senior forward Darrell Johnson has trimmed his recruitment to two schools: Virginia Tech and Memphis.

The six-foot-eight St. Louis native currently claims an offer from the Hokies and will be taking a visit there on Thursday. Although he doesn't quite have an offer from the Tigers, he feels as though one could be coming shortly.

"Memphis is a great program," Johnson said. "Coach [Josh] Pastner has come to a workout and I would fit in as a four or a five."

Virginia Tech has been recruiting him for quite some time, and now that his academic situation is working itself out, a decision doesn't seem very far down the pipeline.

Colorado State was also heavily interested in the big man before he narrowed things down, and new Nebraska coach Tim Miles wanted him to come play for the Huskers, but the interest was not mutual.

"I don't know anything about Nebraska as a basketball program," Johnson said.

His final two schools, however, have healthy pedigrees.

"Those are two great basketball programs in big conferences," Johnson said of Virginia Tech and Memphis. "That's why I narrowed it down."

He said he believes he will be fully qualified once his transcripts become available at the end of April when his school year is over.

For now, Memphis would like to get him down on campus, but may have to do so quickly. Johnson said that the Hokies have the upper-hand in his recruitment because they've shown interest and dedication.

"It might happen," Johnson said of a possible commitment during his visit to Virginia Tech. "I'm just not sure right now. It depends how it goes and if I can set up a visit to Memphis or not, too."

In any case, expect a decision somewhere around the end of April.

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