Johnson's First Offer is a Favorite

Stanley Johnson

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei small forward Stanley Johnson's first offer came from the school he's been favoring.

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei small forward Stanley Johnson recently received his first scholarship offer.

Only a month after naming USC an early favorite, Johnson found himself on a conference call with USC assistant Dieter Horton and head coach Kevin O'Neill, inviting the freshman to play for the Trojans in 2014.

Naturally, Johnson is thrilled about the offer, but he doesn't plan on making any decisions quite yet.

"I'm looking forward to going out there," he shares. "I'm not trying to make any commitments until later, because I want to see what's out there. This is the first school that's offered me so I want to look around and see what I can do this summer and spring and see who offers me next."

Although USC is still the favorite at this early stage of his recruitment, the 6-foot-5, 190-pound athlete revealed that there are two other schools on his current list of favorites. Johnson gave a statement about what it is that attracts him to USC, as well as his other two leaders, UCLA and Arizona.

USC: "I like it because it's in town, its where I'm from. I feel like by the time I get there, I'll be able to contribute to the team fast. The coach recruiting me now was my mom's teacher, he used to babysit me when my mom was playing basketball, so I know him really well. He's kind of like an uncle to me."

UCLA: "Ben Howland, he's really energetic. He really likes me and I felt a good vibe from them. They're always calling my coach about me and always asking about me. I feel like I'm very cared for over there."

Arizona: "A lot of my friends are going there. It's a really hot school right now. They win and they have a good coaching staff over there. I know a lot of people there, I have friends and family, and I like the basketball program itself."

USC is Johnson's first offer, but it surely won't be his last. The talented wing feels that more offers are on their way, and is even anticipating a possible offer on his unofficial visit to UCLA next week.

"I just want a good feeling," Johnson says of what he will be looking for on Wednesday's visit. "I want a nice feeling from them, I want the full rundown."

Johnson plans to visit USC in the near future as well, and is hoping to take a trip to Tucson during his sophomore year.

It's no question that a number of high major programs will be interested in Johnson, and whichever school he chooses, there's one thing that Johnson is definitely interested in doing at the next level; contributing.

"Coaches like my frame," he says. "I'm really smart with the ball, I can get my team involved, and by the time I get to college I think I'll be ready to play."

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