Less than two weeks since he received his offer May 1 from Ohio State, Keon Johnson kept the Buckeyes involved Tuesday when he released his top three.
The four-star shooting guard from Bell Buckle (Tenn.) The Webb School took to Twitter for the announcement, including OSU with Tennessee and Virginia.
In addition to revealing the finalists, Johnson disclosed a declaration date of Aug. 6.
The cut came after he compiled 12 offers. His scholarships include Ole Miss (March 22, 2018), Western Kentucky (April 6, 2018), Auburn (April 9, 2018), Wake Forest (April 28, 2018), Florida (March 7, 2018), Vanderbilt (June 20), Virginia Tech (July 14) outside of Ohio State, Tennessee and Virginia. Florida International and Middle Tennessee State also extended bids.
After the Buckeyes entered the mix to start the month, Johnson officially visited May 10-12. The trip to Columbus followed his four other official visits — Vanderbilt (Sept. 28-30), Auburn (Oct. 12-14), Tennessee (Oct. 19-21) and Virginia (Nov. 9-11). He took unofficial visits to Vanderbilt (June 20), Tennessee (June 30) and Ole Miss (Sept. 15).
The 6-5, 180-pounder is the 247Sports composite’s No. 30 overall prospect, No. 7 shooting guard and No. 1 player in Tennessee for 2020.
OSU is without a commitment in its 2020 class, although third-year head coach Chris Holtmann has been busy on the recruiting trail. After Ohio State landed sit-one transfer forward Justice Sueing (6-7, 215) last Friday from California, the Buckeyes gained their first 2021 pledge Sunday when Convoy (Ohio) Crestview forward Kalen Etzler (6-8, 195) pulled the trigger.
Ahead of the 2019-20 season, Holtmann signed the 247Sports composite’s 12th-ranked haul for 2019 — Bettendorf, Iowa, four-star point guard DJ Carton (6-1, 190), Belleville (Ill.) West four-star power forward EJ Liddell, Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy four-star small forward Alonzo Gaffney (6-9, 190) and Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep three-star center Ibrahima Diallo (7-0, 200).
— Keon Johnson (@iamkeonjohnson) May 14, 2019