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May 15, 2012Heading into the AAU season, BJ Johnson was bound to see his recruitment blowup. After making the move to Team Final on the AAU scene, the 2013 6-foot-6 small forward from Lower Merion in Pennsylvania has bolstered his recruitment from a mid-major level talent to potentially a high-major sleeper. After only two tournaments with on the Nike EYBL circuit, it appears schools have finally discovered him.
Last Monday, Boston College verbally offered the best player to come out of Lower Merion since Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Johnson came away excited about his first high-major scholarship.
"It feels good to have a high-major offer," he said. "At the same time, I have to stay humble and keep working in order to attract even more attention."
Within the past week, he has picked up new offers from Penn State, Duquesne, Rutgers and Richmond.
Johnson will give the Eagles some serious consideration as Steve Donahue's squad is extremely impressive academically, just as Lower Merion is. He is also excited about adding Duquesne, Rutgers and Richmond in the span of a few hours on Tuesday night.
Among his other offers, the rising senior holds scholarships from Albany, Towson, St. Joseph's, Delaware, Boston U and James Madison. He also holds interest from Villanova, Pittsburgh, Temple and Providence.
It is still extremely early in his recruitment, but the major question is whether he will stay in Pennsylvania for college with Villanova and Temple looking at him. Will BJ Johnson stay local or will he leave his hometown to find the best situation possible in 2013? That is the question that some college coaches from outside the state wonder. As it could hold them back from offering him, he remains wide open and is just looking to find out more information on each and every school interested.
It is only a matter of time before some more high-major schools come calling.