St. Benedict’s (N.J.) senior guard Melvin Johnson has narrowed his list to four schools – College of Charleston, Miami, South Florida and Virginia Tech. The 6’3″, 188-pound guard was in Blacksburg this past weekend for an official visit, the first of possibly four official visits the standout prospect may make before deciding his college future.
Forward Montrezl Harrell is currently Tech’s only commitment in the 2012 class, but the Hokies are looking to add more. Johnson is one of those targets.
“It was great. I loved it,” Johnson said when asked for his overall impressions of the experience at Virginia Tech. He was accompanied by his mother on this trip but plans to go solo on the remaining visits. “It’s a big campus with a family environment.
“It was real fun, especially the football game.”
Seth Greenberg has been in touch with Johnson through phone calls and Facebook. This past weekend, the Tech head coach sat down with the promising prospect for a closer look at the Hokies system.
“He showed me film clips of his past eight years there. He showed me his pick and roll offense,” Johnson recalled. “If you work hard on defense, you’ll be rewarded on offense. He explained it all to me.”
New assistant Rob Ehsan has also played an important role in helping the Hokies make the final four.
“I have a good relationship with Coach Ehsan. He’s a funny guy. He’s down to earth,” Johnson said.
South Florida is now up on Johnson’s official visit schedule. He has not scheduled dates with the other two schools, but at this point the plan is to visit all four finalists. A decision likely will come by the end of the month.
“People are asking me who my favorite is. Of course Virginia Tech is now because that’s my only visit,” Johnson said. “I’m at South Florida now. After this, I’m going to take one or two more visits, and then I’ll weigh everything after I’m done visiting.”
A native of the Bronx, New York, Johnson attended Rice High School in the Bronx before transferring to St. Benedict’s Prep. He earned New York Post first-team all-Manhattan honors for his performance in 2010/2011.
“My game is old school,” said Johnson, whose...
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