Small forward Noel Johnson, a top-100 prospect from Fayetteville, Ga., who signed with USC last November, has received a release from his scholarship, according to both Scout.com and Rivals.com.
Johnson reportedly said he was uncomfortable with the controversy surrounding USC athletics, with the NCAA poking around on former football star Reggie Bush and would-be basketball recruit Renardo Sydney. Sydney committed to USC this spring, then changed his mind and signed with Mississippi State.
Johnson is rated as the nation’s No. 53 prospect by Rivals.com and No. 56 by Scout.com.
Meanwhile, Oregon State has a commitment for 2011 from point guard Jahii Carson of Phoenix-Mountain Pointe High, according to Rivals.com.