McHale Visits All-American's School

Florida State is hot on the trail of a prospect considered by many to be one of the top three offensive tackles in the country. The Territory caught up with his head coach and adopted father to get the latest on his recruitment.


Carl Johnson of Durham (NC) Southern has offers from about every big-time program in the country, including Florida, Florida State and Miami.

"Florida and Florida State has already been up here to visit the school," Southern head coach Jeff Parker said. "Miami is coming by tomorrow."

Last week Seminole offensive line coach Mark McHale personally stopped by Southern high school to chat with Parker in his office.

"Coach McHale and I have some history," he said. "He coached my former junior college coach and my former coach served as his graduate assistant at Appalachian State. He's a good guy that knows what he's doing."

In the beginning of June, Johnson and his father will visit Gainesville and Tallahassee unofficially.

"We are going to head down in June to visit Florida and Florida State," Parker said. "I'm not sure if our schedule will allow us to see Miami."

What is it that Johnson will be looking for in a school?

"All three Florida schools have the tradition and coaches that Carl is looking for," he said. "It will come down to where Carl feels like he can grow as a man beyond the football field. He's looking for a place that shares our values."

Parker has seen his adopted son up close and personal on the gridiron. What does he think the secret of his son's success is?

"He has amazing athletic ability for a 6-foot-6 and 345 ponder," he said. "He has quick feet and natural strength."

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