July 15, 2024

Gators Getting Key Visit From 2024 Guard Jeremiah Johnson

The University of Florida is set to host a crucial visit on Thursday from guard Jeremiah Johnson, who is nearing a decision on his college commitment. Originally from Norman, Oklahoma, Johnson was initially committed to Oklahoma State under head coach Mike Boynton. His recruitment was a significant win for the Cowboys, but the situation changed when Boynton was fired. After meeting the new head coach Steve Lutz, Johnson initially reaffirmed his commitment but later reconsidered as the roster became transfer-heavy, making him the only high school recruit among many transfer additions. This led Johnson to reopen his recruitment.

Previously, Johnson had chosen Oklahoma State over LSU, SMU, Saint Louis, and TCU. Now, he is considering Florida, Stanford, Texas A&M, and Green Bay. Ranked as the 141st player in the 2024 class, Johnson is expected to compete for a spot in the rotation immediately. His high-level experience includes playing at prestigious Putnam Academy, powerhouse Wasatch Academy in Utah, and a post-grad year in the Overtime Elite league, making him well-prepared for Division-1 competition.

Jeremiah Johnson, PHHoenix Prep, Point Guard

Standing at 6’3” and 180 pounds, Johnson is a versatile combo guard capable of handling the ball or playing as a shooting guard. Initially known as a traditional point guard, he has developed into a potent scorer who can create his own shots or facilitate for teammates. Johnson’s smooth playing style translates to an effortless jump shot, as evidenced by his 41% three-point shooting as a senior at Wasatch Academy. In the Overtime Elite League, he averaged 18.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.2 assists. Additionally, his length and athleticism make him a promising defensive player.

Florida has been seeking a young ball handler for their backcourt, and their competitive NIL deals, style of play, and opportunity for immediate playing time as a freshman could be appealing to Johnson. The Gators are reportedly in a strong position in his recruitment, and Johnson is expected to make his decision and enroll soon after his visit.

Additionally, Keyshuan Tillery, a 2025 guard considering reclassifying to 2024, recently visited the campus. Tillery, a 4-star prospect, has seen a surge in his recruitment and may be looking to start college early, potentially filling the final roster spots for the Gators with young guards.

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