Pack Makes Early Impression on Johnson

Kannapolis (NC) A.L. Brown wide receiver Keeon Johnson has emerged as a huge priority for the NC State coaches.

Just a few months ago Keeon Johnson admitted that North Carolina was his favorite. With new schools joining the race almost daily, Johnson now appears more open as he explores his all of his college opportunities.

The 6-3, 195-pound receiver had 39 catches for 795 yards and nine touchdowns for AL Brown High School in Kannapolis, N.C., this past fall and he should be counted among the top prospects in the state when those rankings are released later this year.

Johnson is planning to visit North Carolina soon so he can meet with Larry Fedora and the new UNC coaches to see how he gets along with them, but his most recent trip was to NC State.

"I haven't done a whole lot since the season ended but I did go to NC State for their junior day. That's it so far," Johnson told Pack Pride.

"It was pretty good. I enjoyed the things we did like touring the campus and all that stuff, so it was nice."

It probably won't be Johnson's last trip to NC State. The coaches have made it clear that he's a priority recruit because of his size and ability to stretch the field on the outside. The state just doesn't have many pass catchers in the junior class with his combination of length, hands and athleticism. And with the Pack taking just two receivers in the class of 2012, the position is likely to be a point of emphasis yet again for 2013.

"Coach Bridge is recruiting me and so far they've been telling me that I'm a high prospect right now for them. They really need another big receiver out there so that's what I'm hearing from them.        

"NC State is a school I would go to but I'm not really making a decision right now."

He reiterated that he doesn't have any favorites nor does he have a timetable for making his choice.

"I'm just keeping an open mind and trying to see what's out there," he noted.

Johnson hopes to visit Notre Dame and Southern Cal at some point during the spring or summer but hasn't set those visits yet. Neither school has offered though NC State, North Carolina, East Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest have.

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