As expected, 2015 recruit Jarvis Johnson officially announced his commitment to the University of Minnesota on Friday afternoon at DeLaSalle High School.
After being introduced by coach Dave Thorson, the Brooklyn Park native strode to the podium flanked by his parents and two older siblings -- including sister Tyseanna, who plays at Iowa State -- and made a short speech, pausing to remind the crowd of friends, students and media that he was nervous.
Then, the moment Gophers fans were denied a year ago at this spot, with now-Stanford freshman Reid Travis at the center of the room:
"I gave more thought and time to my college decision, and in the end I realized it was important to come back to where I started the process," Johnson said.
Cheers erupted as he pulled a maroon hat with a gold brim from the white plastic bag he was clutching, and pulled it over his head.
"I'm proud to announce I've accepted a scholarship to the university of Minnesota. I look forward to joining coach Pitino, coach Johnson and all the other coaches at the Minnesota ... I can't wait to work with the coaches and teammates to bring a championship back to the U."
Johnson is one of four 2015 recruits for Minnesota. Guards Kevin Dorsey and Dupree McBrayer, along with center Jonathan Nwankwo have already voiced their commitments.
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