Jalen Johnson (Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet) is arguably the biggest recruit for Wisconsin in the 247sports composite era (since 2000). A native of nearby Sun Prairie, the five-star G/F grew up a Badger fan and received his first scholarship offer from head coach Greg Gard and UW.
Now in the midst of his junior season, Johnson holds nearly 30 scholarship offers from the likes of Duke, Arizona, Kentucky, Georgetown, Florida, Marquette, UCLA, West Virginia, Ohio State, and more.
While his recruitment continues to blossom, Johnson still holds Wisconsin high regards. In an interview with Prep Circuit, Johnson said the Badgers will be around until the end.
“It would be big, my fan base down there would be huge,” Johnson said in the interview. “It’s something that’s on the back of my mind and something I’ll have to talk about with my family.
“They are going to be at the top at the end of it and the fan base would be really crazy down there.”
Johnson has taken official visits to UCLA, Arizona, and Duke. He unofficially visited Marquette, Kentucky, and Wisconsin in the fall. The Blue Devils are currently the 247sports crystal ball favorite for Johnson.
Johnson said in July that UW was “probably” recruiting him hardest since offering in May of his freshman year.
“They’re probably giving me the hardest pitch right now,” Johnson told Badger247. “They want me bad. They’re making a noticeable effort. They’ve been at every one of my AAU games since freshman year.
“Since May 12 when they offered me, they’ve been the hardest school on me. The fans want me bad too.”
Wisconsin has one commitment in the class of 2020 from Detroit (Mich.) St. Mary’s point guard Lorne Bowman. The Badgers are expected to take two more players in that class and are also fixated on Jonathan Davis (La Crosse, Wis./Central) and Ben Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.), among others.
Johnson is the nation’s fourth ranked player in the class of 2020, according to the 247sports composite. Should he stay home, Johnson would be the highest-ranked player to ever wear the Cardinal and White, surpassing Sam Dekker.