Over the last 48 hours, the Pitt basketball program will have hosted two very talented and important recruits.
Today, it’s 4-star point guard R.J. Davis and yesterday, 4-star forward Donovan Johnson made another visit to Oakland.
Johnson has made plenty of visits to see Pitt and Jeff Capel but did the fact that this was an unofficial visit make it any different?
”We’ve been talking a lot, have actually been talking pretty much everyday,” Johnson told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Coach Capel asked me to come up yesterday to watch practice. He showed me all the new things they’re building, how they’re rebuilding The Pete, did a photo shoot.”
”It was different than the other times I’ve visited. This time it was like they really wanted to show me things, changes and what we’re like now. They’re definitely moving in the right direction with their facilities and trying to make them top of the line. Coach is really trying to change the program around for the better.”
While Pitt was trying to impress Johnson with the changes, I asked him about the approach of Capel and if he felt like he was getting recruited or was it still casual.
“Coach always lets me know how much he wants me and tells me that he wants to be my coach,” said Johnson. “One thing about both Coach Capel’s is that when you’re with two coaches that have played in college and know what it’s like for a kid to go through the recruiting process, they’re a lot easier to approach. They know what you’re going through and don’t always want to bug you but they definitely get their point across about how much they want you. Coach Capel is a very good recruiter.”
Finally, I asked Johnson if he has an update on his playing status for this year and where he plans on playing.
”I haven’t came to a concrete answer as to what I’ll be doing. I’m taking it day by day and continuing to look at my options of a prep school, try to stay at Moon or look at my other options. I’ll probably make a decision in the next couple of weeks.”