NC OL Hearing from Clemson

Durham, North Carolina lineman Carl Johnson will be one of the nation's top prospects later this fall. Will the prize recruit follow in his father's footsteps and play for the Tigers? <BR><BR> has the latest in this recruiting update. <BR>

OL Carl Johnson
6-6, 335, 5.0
Southern High School
Durham, North Carolina

The 6-6, 335 pound prospect already has an offer list that includes many of the nations best. "I have offers from Southern California, Oklahoma, Texas, LSU, Florida, Miami, Duke, Virginia, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Maryland, Louisville, Nebraska and Tennessee. Clemson has not offered yet, but they are sending me a lot of stuff," Johnson told in a recent interview.

When asked if he has any early favorites, Johnson responded, "No sir, I'm just neutral." Carl's father, Jeff Fortner, played offensive line for the Tigers in the early 90's. Fortner, whose name is now Parker, is the head coach for Southern High School.

What did the former Tiger tell his son about Clemson? "He said he had a good time at Clemson. He talked about how it was one of the biggest stadiums in the country when he was there. He also said they had good coaches," said Johnson.

Johnson has also spent a good bit of time at Clemson. "I went to Clemson during the summer of 8th grade and 9th grade. I camped there two years in a row. I have also been to several home games."

How does it feel to have your father as your coach? "It feels good. I have a little more pressure. I have to step-up and be a leader on and off the field," said Johnson.

The star lineman has numerous strengths, but he plans to get even better during his senior campaign. "My strength is run blocking. We are a mainly running school. I am a good pass blocker as well. I plan to work on my hand placements. I want to learn to use my hands more than my body."

Johnson has been busy visiting schools already this winter. "I have been to Virginia, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Duke. I also want to go to Tennessee.

"I may go to the Nike camp later on this year. I am not sure about the summer camps yet. I want to go with some of my teammates."

Don't expect an early decision from the prize recruit. "I want to wait and take my visits. I want to get more familiar with the schools. I might take some of my visits during the season."

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding offensive lineman from North Carolina, right up through signing day 2006. Top Stories