Johnson requests release from NU

April 14, 2018 GMT

Xavier Johnson, for the time being, appears to no longer be a part of the Nebraska basketball team’s recruiting class.

Johnson told several outlets Friday afternoon that he had requested a release from his national letter of intent to Nebraska and planned to reopen his recruitment.

Reached Friday afternoon, Nebraska head coach Tim Miles said the Huskers hadn’t yet received anything formal from Johnson in regards to his release, but it was “just a matter of time.”

Rated a three-star recruit, Johnson was considered the top prize in Nebraska’s 2018 class. His departure marks the first domino to fall in the wake of former Nebraska assistant Kenya Hunter leaving Nebraska to take a similar position at UConn.

Hunter was Johnson’s lead recruiter at Nebraska.

Johnson explained his reasoning to the recruiting website preprecruit.com:

“I decided to open things up to help me take a step backwards to re-evaluate things again due to a coaching change with Coach Kenya Hunter,” Johnson told Prep Circuit. “Coach Hunter was the person who recruited me and we developed a big bond together that my parents trusted. I feel like I could go to him anytime in Nebraska when my parents wouldn’t be there.”

Johnson told preprecruit.com he would still consider Nebraska as he reopens his recruitment.

Johnson originally committed to Nebraska in September 2017, picking the Huskers over Georgetown and Georgia Tech. He signed with the Huskers during November’s early signing period.

“He’ll play right away,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles said of Johnson in November. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.”