The atmosphere yesterday at the Peterson Events Center was alive and one that Jeff Capel can use in a positive way to attract recruits.
Luckily for Capel, his program hosted a number of high level recruits including a local star with Pitt ties.
Donovan Johnson (6-foot-7, 185) is a 4-star forward from Moon High School and the younger brother of former Pitt and current North Carolina wing Cameron Johnson. Johnson currently holds offers from Duquesne, George Washington and Akron, and is also being actively recruited by Ohio State, Penn State, Xavier, Arizona, Rutgers, Illinois and Michigan.
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Johnson to find out about his experience yesterday and what his current relationship is with the Pitt staff.
“Coach Jason Capel invited me,” Johnson said. “He’s a good guy. I love him. He’s awesome, so is the entire staff. I met them before when I went down for the Pitt-Penn State football game. The team is just great. They’re amazing people and an amazing coaching staff. The crowd and the atmosphere at the game was crazy. It was a really fun game to watch even though they lost. I was just glad that coach invited me.
“It meant a lot to me that they invited me and gets me really excited. I also appreciate that he believes that I could be worthy of playing there and honestly means a lot to me. I loved going down there and getting a chance to talk to him and the other coaches.”
Johnson told PSN that his communication with Pitt is really good and has been consistent for the last year.
“I talk to them weekly,” said Johnson. “I talk mostly with Jason Capel, we text a lot and are really just working on our relationship. He’s attended a few of my high school and AAU games and that meant a lot to me. The fact that he takes time to text me, call me or comes sees me means a lot. We don’t talk a lot of basketball and my game, it’s more about the Pitt program and the recruiting process.”
Donovan Johnson will no doubt be a highly recruited kid with a bunch of offers. What would it mean to get one from Capel and Pitt?
“They would be a lot because my dad went there and played there, Cameron went there and played there. It’s obviously a family tradition. Just watching what Coach Capel is doing now and is in the process of building a great program with a young core. Coach Capel is an amazing coach and it would honestly mean a lot especially with my family having such strong ties there.”