Xavier Johnson, a four-star senior point guard at O’Connell, verbally committed to Nebraska on Monday.
Johnson was also considering Georgetown and Georgia Tech, after having named a final three schools earlier in September, and officially announced his verbal commitment on Twitter. Johnson took an official visit to Nebraska two weekends ago, and then did not take a previously scheduled official visit to Georgia Tech this past weekend. He becomes Nebraska’s second verbal commit for the Class of 2018, joining Brady Heiman, a two-star center out of Springfield, Nebraska.
Before narrowing his decision to three schools, Johnson was also considering offers from Washington, South Florida and Creighton, and he took an official visit to Washington at the start of September. The 6-foot-3 guard did not take an official visit to Georgetown, but met new Hoyas head coach Patrick Ewing while he was playing for Team Takeover on the AAU circuit this summer. That means Georgetown still has five scholarships, holding one over from last season, to fill out its 2018 class.
Now that Johnson has made a verbal commitment, there are two uncommitted D.C.-area seniors with high-major potential: Rock Creek Christian forward Jermaine Harris and Sidwell Friends forward Saddiq Bey. Harris is choosing among a final eight of Kansas, Maryland, Xavier, Miami, West Virginia, South Carolina, Rhode Island and Southern Utah. He visited Rhode Island this past weekend and visits Xavier next weekend. Bey is choosing among a final six of Miami, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Xavier, North Carolina State and Princeton. He visited Northwestern this past weekend and visits Miami next weekend.
Both players cut Georgetown from their recruitment after receiving a scholarship offer from the Hoyas, just like Johnson eventually did by choosing Nebraska on Monday. Johnson is a strong on-ball defender, who is dangerous going to the rim and is working to develop his perimeter game.
This is how Nebraska Coach Tim Miles reacted on Twitter following Johnson’s announcement:
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