As the College of Charleston went through the Colonial Athletic Association schedule for the first time this season, head coach Doug Wojcik realized something pretty quickly - the Cougars needed to recruit bigger, stronger, more athletic guards.
2014 College of Charleston Freshmen Class
Evan Bailey Canton, Ohio G/F 6-8 195
Donovan Gilmore Greensboro, N.C. F 6-7 190
Nick Harris Decaula, Ga. F/C 6-10 220
Cameron Johnson Athens, Ga. 6-4 200
Enter Clarke Central High School's Cameron Johnson. Johnson, a 6-4 guard from Athens, Ga., signed with the College of Charleston on Wednesday afternoon.
Johnson, who played quarterback for Clarke Central, picked the Cougars over Mississippi State, Furman, South Alabama, Florida Atlantic and Radford. Johnson joins Evan Bailey, Donovan Gilmore and Nick Harris in the Cougars' 2014 recruiting class.
A spot for Johnson opened up last month when Cougars freshman guard Jonathan Burroughs-Cook decided to transfer.
"I really think that Cameron Johnson rounds out a great recruiting class for us," Wojcik said. "Cameron was a guy we really liked in the summer, but he didn't want to sign early and was still considering playing football. He's a very versatile player that should have an impact on our program next season."
Johnson comes from an athletic family. His father, Mario Johnson, was a nose tackle in the NFL with New York Jets and New England Patriots in the early 1990s. His mother, Carla, played basketball at Missouri and is the girls' basketball coach at Clarke Central.
"I love the fact that Cameron played football and he was a quarterback," Wojcik said. "He's a leader and a fierce competitor. He's very strong and aggressive. He can get to the rim and score the basketball and get to the free throw line. He's a good shooter and a very good defender."
Johnson said it wasn't until recently that he made the decision to give up football and focus his attention fully on basketball.
"It wasn't easy giving up football, but basketball is where my heart it," Johnson said. "I think the College of Charleston was the best fit for me. It's funny how things work out that they had a scholarship to give after the season was over. I think it was just meant to be for me to sign with Charleston."
Johnson, who is rated the No. 11 overall prospect in the state of Georgia by HoopSeen.com, averaged 21.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists
Johnson's best basketball is still ahead of him, said Justin Young, a recruiting analyst for HoopSeen.com.
"He's had to split his time between football and basketball in high school," Young said. "Now that he can devote full-time to basketball, it'll be fun to see him progress as a player. I know it sounds like a cliché, but Cameron is a winner."