Darin Johnson is a crucial recruit for the Dawgs. The 6-4, 200 lb. shooting guard out of Sacramento, California (Sheldon HS/Calif.) is announcing his college choice this Sunday, October 14. He is ranked as a four star by many recruiting websites and looks to be key to the 2013 class of Lorenzo Romar’s that everyone has dreamt of.
Many believe the final two teams who are in it for Johnson are the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies. However, he has also taken official visits to San Diego State and Texas A&M. Johnson visited Seattle along with Nigel Williams-Goss and Aaron Gordon, which I think was a good move by Romar and his staff. He stated that he had an awesome time that weekend as the team went paint-balling and attended dinner several nights in a row at high end restaurants. As most recruits do, Johnson stated that the main reason for his interest in the Huskies was because of Lorenzo Romar. Everyone knows that he is a great guy and makes men out of kids. The players that come to UW usually state that the main reason they made the decision that they did, was because of the family type atmosphere and because of the head man, Lorenzo Romar. With many people slating Isaac Hamilton to fall to the San Diego State Aztecs, securing a commitment from Johnson is huge. A class of Nigel Williams-Goss, Aaron Gordon and Johnson would be outstanding. Of course, there’s always a chance that Hamilton does commit to UW and make the class a once in a lifetime class, but the Dawgs aren’t banking on that right now. They could find some JUCO transfers or under the radar players, like Andrew Andrews was, to round out the class if they don’t get Hamilton or Johnson.
My prediction for this recruiting battle is that the Dawgs will win out over the Ducks. Johnson has said in the past that the Huskies were the leaders for his services and the Ducks only joined in with the Huskies after he took his official visit to Eugene. Johnson fits the prototypical UW guard perfectly. He plays defense exceptionally well and has all the ability to score and shoot the ball. Look for Romar to get a key recruit this upcoming Sunday and bolster his 2013 recruiting class.