College Basketball Recruiting: 5-Star Center Dakari Johnson Reclassifies

Matt OveringContributor IIINovember 5, 2012

Image via Taken by Steven Maikoski.
Image via Taken by Steven Maikoski.

Dakari Johnson, a 5-star center from New York, has reclassified to the 2013 class. Per CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello:

Class of 2013 continues to get stronger. Top-10 big man Dakari Johnson has reclassified from 2014. Dominant post player. UK, Florida, etc.

— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) November 5, 2012

Right now, Johnson's list consists of the usual suspects: Florida, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, Syracuse and Villanova, among others.

Johnson was the No. 3 prospect in the 2014 class and the No. 2 center. With this move to the 2013 class, he catapults to the top of the list for centers.

Johnson is a 6'10", 250-pound beast in the paint.

He played on the United States' U17 team that won the U17 World Championships earlier this year.

As head coach of the USA U17 team, Florida's Billy Donovan may have the leg up in Johnson's recruitment.

Georgetown, Syracuse and Villanova have a great history and a clear location advantage. Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville and Ohio State all have top tier coaches and all four were in the Final Four last season.

Borzello also notes a trend that is increasing among top high school players in the country.

This development only improves the class of 2013, one that has been touted as one of the best ever. The 2014 class, one that is very heavy with post players, loses a premier center. 

Right now, only three schools have sent a scholarship offer to Johnson: Georgia, Kansas and UCF (per Rivals).

In the coming weeks and months, we'll see many more schools offering the talented big man.