BREAKING: Keon Johnson Commits to Tennessee
The Volunteers landed a huge commitment from the number 1 player in the state of Tennessee on Tuesday night. Keon Johnson, a 6’5’’ 180 pound SG from Bell Buckle, TN joins Corey Walker as the only commits for the 2020 class. With Johnson’s commitment, 247 Sports now ranks Tennessee’s class 4th in the nation, which puts Rick Barnes on track to have one of the best recruiting classes in the University of Tennessee’s history.
Johnson committed to the Volunteers over Ohio State and Virginia, although he did end up ruling out the defending National Champions late into his recruitment. Ohio State got Johnson’s last Official Visit before he committed, leading many Volunteer fans to be slightly concerned. However, the Big Orange’s momentum and early lead in his recruitment proved to be too much for the Buckeyes to overcome.
When it comes to the talent that Johnson possesses, he’s rated as the best player in the state for a reason. 247 Sports’ Jerry Meyer wrote that Johnson is, “A well built, physical and explosive athlete. A well-rounded and versatile offensive player. Primarily a slasher who can both finish and find open teammates.” Meyer went on to write that he, “Should hear his name called in the first round of the NBA Draft whenever he declares.” In other words, Johnson has first elite NBA first round talent. Tennessee’s great track record when it comes to developing talent, in addition to having one of, if not the best Strength and Conditioning programs in the nation will transform Johnson into an elite NBA player. Johnson will fit in great on Rocky Top, and he could prove to be Rick Barnes next star athlete at Tennessee.
In the end, Johnson is a game changer for Tennessee and Vol fans can’t wait to see Keon Johnson in orange and white next season. This is another great step in the Volunteer’s 2020 Class, and there is still much more to come.