In-State Sleeper Ready For Visit

Charlotte (NC) Hopewell standout Kyle Johnson is a relative unknown, but coaches across the region have been inquiring about this talented athlete.

"I didn't get out any junior tape so I'm new to this recruiting thing," Kyle Johnson told Pack Pride. "But, I've been sending out a package and a lot of programs are getting back with me and showing a lot of interest."

Johnson finished his senior season with 40 catches for 750 yards and six touchdowns. He also recorded six interceptions in just four games at defensive back.

Although his senior tape may have led to the phone calls and increased recruiting interest, Johnson believes his name got out this summer at the Charlotte Shrine Bowl combine.

"I clocked in at a 4.38 at the Shrine Bowl combine this summer and that opened some eyes," he said. "I run a consistent 4.4, and I ran a 4.43 on grass at Wake Forest's camp. They had me at 6'3 and 180 pounds, so I think I stood out."

"I play wide receiver, but I think a lot of schools like what I can do on defense. I had six interceptions in just four games, and the schools have been saying I can maybe play both ways."

What schools are expressing interest in the North Carolina product?

"NC State, Louisville, Maryland, Syracuse, and North Carolina are some of the schools recruiting me," Johnson said. "Because I got in it so late, I don't have any offers, but they are all telling me I'm a good player, and they want me to visit.

"I already have two official visits lined up. I go to NC State this weekend, and I go to Chapel Hill on January 21st."

NC State running backs coach Dick Portee is recruiting Johnson, and he's left an impression on the Charlotte (NC) native.

"Dick Portee's recruiting me, and he's a great guy," Johnson said. "He's up front with me and tells it to me straight. That's what I like about him.

"He said State wants me primarily as a receiver, but I think I could play defense too."

With his first official visit coming up, Johnson believes the Wolfpack staff wants to see if he passes the "look" test before extending a scholarship offer.

"They want to bring me up this weekend and take a good look at me," he said. "These schools are taking a chance on me because I'm coming on so late, but State wants to bring me up this weekend and see what they think about me."

Does Johnson have a leader at this point in the process?

"It would be NC State," he said. "They are close to home and my parents can come see me play. I really like their program and the coaches are real nice.

"I came up for an unofficial visit when they played Richmond, and I liked the atmosphere. Every aspect of NC State I like."

Because the Wolfpack appears to have a comfortable lead on the competition, it's possible that Johnson would commit if NC State chose to offer him a scholarship.

"That's what me and my dad were just talking about," he said. "If they were to offer me I'd consider making a commitment. That's the school we've been mainly considering from the beginning, and they were the first to give me an honest response."

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