Maryland target Kenny Johnson joins Louisville staff

Maryland's attempt to lure highly-touted recruiter Kenny Johnson back to his alma mater has proven to be unsuccessful.

A source in College Park confirmed late Monday that Johnson, a 1999 Maryland graduate, had taken an offer to join Rick Pitino's staff at Louisville.


Johnson's ties to Prince George's County-based AAU powerhouse Team Takeover was his entree into the college ranks at Towson three years ago.

Johnson then made the meteoric leap to Indiana, where he recruited a number of five-star talents, including Big Ten freshman of the year Noah Vonleh.


Maryland coach Mark Turgeon was hoping to have Johnson replace Scott Spinelli, who left last week to become an assistant at Boston College.

It is believed that Louisville was able to offer Johnson more money than Maryland and a chance to work for a Hall-of-Fame coach.

Johnson was reportedly offered a "significant" raise over the $200,000 he was making at Indiana. He the only potential candidate mentioned at Maryland.

It appears that Turgeon is looking to bring in another recruiter after losing both Spinelli and Dalonte Hill, who resigned in late November after his second drunk driving charge.

Bino Ranson remains the only original member of Turgeon's Maryland staff.

Turgeon promoted director of basketball operations Dustin Clark to Hill's position and named Juan Dixon as his special assistant in November.

The Terps will be bringing in the No. 8 recruiting class in the country, according to ESPN, behind only Ohio State among Big Ten teams.