The Marquette Golden Eagles were able to land one of the top prospects in the 2013 class today after receiving a commitment from Memphis shooting guard Jajuan Johnson. The high-line four-star recruit is just outside the top 50 on most recruiting sites, and he is one of the top five recruits in the state and a top 15 recruit at the shooting guard position.
Johnson set his decision date today with the finalists being Marquette, the Alabama Crimson Tide, and the Miami Hurricanes. He took official trips to Miami and Alabama in September, with his official trip to Marquette coming on the 12th of October. Johnson is one of the most prized recruits in the country, and the 6’4″, 185 pound Southwind High standout gives Marquette a great offensive weapon with a lot of potential.
Buzz Williams has now secured five pledges in the 2013 class, with four of them being four-star recruits. The others? JC power forward Jameel McKay, top 15 PG Duane Wilson, and 6’4″ small forward Deonte Burton who hails from Milwaukee. That’s a terrific group of recruits, and Williams has definitely assembled one of the top classes in the nation. In my opinion, the addition of Johnson gives Marquette the second best class in the Big East behind only Louisville and Rick Pitino. The Golden Eagles have now, in my mind, move past Notre Dame with the commitment from Johnson.
An athletic wing player and one of the top 20 players in the region according to ESPN, Jajuan Johnson still needs some improving to do on the offensive end. I like his defense with his solid mix of size and athleticism, and he also possesses a great deep ball. But Johnson isn’t the best at playing off-the-ball on offense.
There is no doubt that Marquette is getting one of the marquee recruits in Tennessee, and the state certainly boasts its fair share of top talent with guys like Austin Nichols and Robert Hubbs. The fact that 247Sports ranks Johnson as the third best prospect in the state is a huge testament to his ability as a player and the upside he brings to the table.
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