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Colorado lands another in Xavier Johnson

Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:36 am
Edited on: October 4, 2011 10:47 am

By Jeff Borzello

In the Pac-12, recruiting has become an arms race between UCLA and Arizona in 2012. However, Colorado continues to land the occasional salvo.

On Monday night, the Buffaloes picked up another impressive coup, as Xavier Johnson committed to Colorado.

“I feel like their offense would fit me,” Johnson said. “They recruited me hard and just made me feel welcome.”

Johnson, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Mater Dei (Calif.), chose the Buffaloes over Virginia Tech, UTEP, Saint Mary’s and others.

The lefty wing is an asset at both ends of the floor. He can score at the rim or knock down outside shots from the perimeter, and his length and athleticism make him tough in transition. Injuries over the summer hampered his growth on the AAU circuit, but he was still able to demonstrate his defensive ability.

“Just being an all-around player,” Johnson said when asked what he brings to the table. “A threat on offense and defense.”

Johnson ranks No. 65 in’s Top 100. He joins forwards Josh Scott, Wesley Gordon and Chris Jenkins in Tad Boyle's 2012 class.

Photo: Max Preps

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