Five-star wing Keldon Johnson visits UK, sets 2 official visits

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Keldon Johnson (Photo: Jon Lopez, Nike)

Five-star wing Keldon Johnson took an unofficial visit to Kentucky on Tuesday and he left campus with a new scholarship offer.

“I got to sit down and talk to coach [Calipari],” Johnson told Scout. “We got to chat a little bit about everything that was going on and where I would be in that program, what I need to improve on in my game and was just very honest with me and just went from there.”

Johnson said the Wildcats have been actively recruiting him and recently invited him up to campus for a visit.

“It’s been pretty steady,” Johnson said of their interest. “At one point it started really picking up towards the end of summer and then the offer that just happened.”

“It’s a little bit of a process with the recruitment,” he said about Kentucky and his new offer. “It’s a good thing, I don’t want to say it changed things tremendously but it definitely changes how I look at things and stuff like that.”

Johnson, who will play his senior season at Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy, said the next step in his recruitment is to narrow down his list. The plan is to do so in the next couple of days.

Johnson said that Texas, Florida State, Maryland, Oregon, Georgetown and NC State are among the schools that prioritized him.

Johnson still start taking official visits the first weekend of September when he travels to Texas.

“I have a great relationship with coach [Shaka] Smart, coach [Mike] Morrell, coach [Darrin] Horn, and coach [Jai] Lucas,” Johnson said.

He’ll follow up his trip to Austin (Tex.) with a trip to Florida State the very next weekend.

“They develop their wings and do great things with their wing players.” Johnson said when asked about Florida State.

In terms of making his college choice, Johnson hasn’t decided if he will make a decision in the early period.

“I don’t know yet, it all depends on how the process goes and when me and my family feel like things are right,” Johnson said.

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Johnson is ranked No. 24 overall in Scout’s 2018 player rankings.

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