Tennessee '20 TN SG - Keon Johnson (Tennessee Verbal)

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    Shooting guard
    6'5''|180 lbs
    CLASS OF 2020

    Ohio State has offered.

    Keon Johnson is a 6-3, 170-pound Point Guard from Bell Buckle, TN.
     
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    Keon Johnson picks up offer
    An offer from Ohio State was bound to come to Keon Johnson at some point, and it happened Wednesday when Holtmann and assistant coach Jake Diebler visited him at The Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee.

    Johnson, the No. 30 overall prospect in 2020 and the top-rated recruit in Tennessee, has a tight relationship with Diebler, who spent time recruiting him when he was an assistant coach for Vanderbilt. Before Holtmann hired Diebler, Johnson told Rivals that if Vanderbilt kept Diebler, the firing of Bryce Drew wouldn't affect his level of interest.

    Instead, Diebler moved to Ohio State and will now attempt to lure him to Columbus. Tennessee will be major competition for the Buckeyes. Virginia, Florida and Mississippi have also offered Johnson and are pursuing him.

    Johnson, 6-foot-5, 180 pounds, would fill Ohio State's need for a wing in the 2020 class.
     
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    Keon Johnson To Visit Soon
    Before Keon Johnson even visited Columbus, he placed Ohio State among his trio of finalists. It was a testament to the relationship he built with Jake Diebler when the newest member of Holtmann's staff was a coach at Vanderbilt.

    Johnson plans to visit Ohio State on June 28-30, his mother Conswella told Eleven Warriors.

    RELATED Ohio State Positioned As Finalist For Four-Star Keon Johnson Due To Relationship With Jake Diebler

    Ohio State and Virginia are viewed as the underdogs to Tennessee, and all seven Crystal Ball projections on 247Sports are currently in favor of the Volunteers.

    Johnson, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound shooting guard, is the No. 31 overall prospect in the 2020 recruiting cycle. He's one of the most athletic prospects in his class.
     
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    Keon Johnson decides in a week
    It’s almost decision time for four-star shooting guard Keon Johnson.

    The Bell Buckle, Tennessee, native will make his choice between Ohio State and the Volunteers public on Tuesday evening. He announced those two schools along with Virginia as his finalists on May 14, but he dropped the Cavaliers out of consideration once Jabri Abdur-Rahim committed.

    As of now, it appears as though he’s likely to choose to remain in his home state and commit to Tennessee. All nine crystal ball on 247Sports – including one from Evan Daniels, the site’s director of recruiting – are currently in favor of the Volunteers. They have seemed to hold the lead in his recruitment since the Buckeyes increased their focus on Johnson when Holtmann hired Jake Diebler as an assistant coach in April.

    Diebler had built such a strong relationship with Johnson, the No. 31 overall prospect in the class of 2020, when he was an assistant coach at Vanderbilt that he placed Ohio State among his final three schools before even visiting Columbus or meeting Holtmann in person. The Buckeyes then appeared to close the gap after he took an official visit in June.

    “It was actually a lot better than what I thought,” Johnson told Eleven Warriors on July 5. “I had never seen the facilities or the city at all, and so I was all in awe whenever I stepped foot on campus.”

    Johnson also said distance is not a factor in his recruitment.

    No matter which school he attends, Johnson will provide his team with top-flight athleticism and relentless defense. Recruiting analysts, including Rivals’ Corey Evans, have recently contemplated making him a five-star prospect. At 6-foot-5 and 180 pounds, Johnson has a skill set that will make him a dangerous college player with NBA potential.
     
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