"There was Tennessee. Stanford tried to get her to visit."
Johnson, though, is firmly committed to the nation's No. 2, 28-1 college Fighting Irish. You could tell on Wednesday, as she sat in the stands during the state girls basketball tournament's first session. On her head was a green ski hat emblazoned with the initials N.D.
It's a hat she might have purchased on Monday night, when Notre Dame won a thrilling 96-87 triple-overtime Big East battle over No. 3 Connecticut in South Bend, Ind.
"I was there," Johnson beamed. "It was awesome. I wasn't nervous, but my mom was the whole game."
The guard seems as cool around the recruiting world as she is on the court.
"Once I went to Notre Dame - and I had other places to go - I told my parents there was no use going elsewhere and wasting time and money.
"You can't beat Notre Dame, whether for basketball or academics. They have the nation's No. 1 business school there."
Johnson said West Virginia and Kentucky were the two other schools she planned to visit.
WVU fans might be frustrated by the news. Mountaineer coach Mike Carey has built a Top 25-caliber program, but has missed on top-shelf state talent like Alexis Hornbuckle and Renee Montgomery. Johnson, however, said Carey and assistant George Porcha did nothing wrong.
"I think they're doing it right at WVU," Johnson said. "They're on the right track. They recruited me hard. It's just tough once you go somewhere and feel comfortable."
Johnson certainly would have been a Mountain State draw, whether at WVU or Marshall. She has the game. She has the storyline. (She's also been a cheerleader and gymnast.)
Why, she even has a cool Twitter account. It's @mycoool_12.
And the bio there describes Johnson perfectly - on and off the court.
"Act like a lady," it says, "think like a boss."
TMZ is missing out.
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