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Paul VI F Coleman Johnson commits to Fairfield, F Stan Robinson visiting Villanova this weekend

With 6-foot-7 forward Coleman Johnson committing to Fairfield on Tuesday, Paul VI Catholic has four players who have made their college choices and two more that hold scholarship offers.

In addition to Johnson, shooting guard Patrick Holloway pledged to George Mason, point guard Tilman Dunbar to Navy and junior center Tim Higgins to Cornell.

Paul VI's Coleman Johnson (No. 32) goes up to block a shot against O’Connell last season. (TRACY A WOODWARD)

The Panthers’ most sought-after player, though, is forward Stan Robinson, an athletic 6-foot-3 junior who visited Miami this past weekend (which already has offered a scholarship) and will take an unofficial visit this weekend to Villanova, when the Wildcats might extend a scholarship offer. Robinson also has trips planned next month to Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth and North Carolina State.

Paul VI Coach Glenn Farello said that Robinson will not make a choice until spring at the earliest.

Still, with four players committed and two more sifting through their options, Farello’s team is well along in the recruiting process.

“I’ve never had it as complete as this,” Farello said. “I’ve had teams that had eight Division I players on it, but not with a grouping that has this many commitments done this early.

“We’re in what many consider the best league in the country [so] the exposure the kids have is more out there than you would have in public school. Our kids are identified much earlier as potential scholarship candidates. I think that plays a big part in it, our kids are on a big stage early in their careers. And in general, there is a lot more evaluation going on with college coaches. We’ve had 30 college coaches come through our gym this fall. Many of them are identifying freshman and sophomores.”



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