CRAWFORD BLOG | On move-in day, U of L still awaiting word on Johnson
With classes beginning on Monday, the University of Louisville says it still hasn't gotten word from the NCAA Clearinghouse on 6-9 signee Jaylen Johnson. Rick Pitino said his high school was slow submitting his paperwork.
Wednesday, August 20th 2014, 9:20 PM EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Today was move-in day for University of Louisville students, but the school's athletic department said it's still waiting for word on freshman Jaylen Johnson.
Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said last month that Johnson's high school had been part of a consolidation between the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts in Michigan, thereby slowing the submission of information to the NCAA's Clearinghouse, which often is under the gun in clearing athletes as the school year begins.
Pitino said he wasn't concerned about Johnson's status, but noted that he would be behind when he finally does join the team. Classes begin on Monday.
"He's fine academically," Pitino said last month.
On Wednesday, U of L sports information said the department "does to have word on him yet."
It's not unusual for the Clearinghouse to take some time. Wayne Blackshear had a bit of a delay in being cleared before his freshman season, and went on to win an Elite 89 Academic Award at the Final Four in 2013. All of the rest of Pitino's six-man recruiting class is on campus.
Johnson, a 6-9, 210-pound power forward, was a four-star recruit who committed to U of L during Pitino's Basketball Hall of Fame induction weekend, choosing the Cardinals over Michigan State, Texas A&M, Miami, Oregon, Arizona State, Iowa State and others.
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