May 14, 2003
The college recruiting process is very hard if you are a blue chip athlete.
Imagine having to live the experience two times in less than two years.
That is what former Dougherty High star Alexander Johnson did.
On Wednesday, Johnson ended one of the hottest recruiting wars in college basketball this spring by signing with Florida State University.
Johnson chose the Seminoles over Cincinnati and Connecticut because it is close enough where his family can watch him play.
A Parade all-American at Dougherty High, Johnson signed with Georgia in November of 2001.
But when he didn't qualify academically, he enrolled at Bridgton Academy in Maine where his coach says Alexander was the most dominant player in the prestigious New England Prep School Conference.
Johnson averaged 25 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots a game at Bridgton.
More importantly, Johnson had a 3.0 grade point average and qualified for school this spring with a 920 on his SAT.
Johnson's academic work earned him Bridgton's Colby Smith award given to the basketball player who excels on the court and in the classroom.
The year away at prep school could just pave the way for Johnson to make an immediate impact for second year FSU coach Leonard Hamilton.
Alexander Johnson said "It is some good competition in the ACC. I am looking forward to it. You play Duke, North Carolina and all the top schools. If I am as good as folks say that I am, I will get a chance to prove it against some of the top players in the nation."
Combined with the recruits they signed back in the fall,the addition of Alexander Johnson gives Florida State one of the top recruiting classes in college basketball this year.