With WR's Brian Clark, Sterling Hicks, Tramain Hall, Fred Span and Richard Washington set to depart NC State after the 2005 season, it's no secret that the Pack will have to re-stock the wide-out spot over the next two years.
One name that has recently surfaced on the Wolfpack's radar is WR Kyle Johnson (6-2, 180 pounds) of Hopewell (NC) High School. Johnson made his first splash when he ripped off a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at a Shrine Bowl Combine held earlier this year. During the 2004 season he put that speed to good use as he racked up 42 pass receptions for 720 yards and six touchdowns. On defense, he notched an impressive six interceptions en route to all-conference honors.
NC State was obviously impressed with senior receiver's potential as the Pack hosted Johnson on an official visit back on Dec 10. Johnson stated that he came away impressed with what he saw of NC State.
"NC State is a good program and they really have some great facilities," said Johnson. "I really like the coaches too. Coach Portee is recruiting me and he's done a good job of staying in touch with me. When I was up at State on my visit I was hosted by WR Dajuan Morgan but he told me he was going to be moving to defensive back.
"State told me they'd probably let me know in the next week or so if they were going to offer. If they offer, I would have to seriously consider it- maybe more than the other schools- but I'd have to think about it first to make sure I was making the right decision."
Next up for Johnson is an official visit to East Carolina this coming weekend.
"East Carolina is definitely a team on the rise because they just hired a great coach that really likes to throw the ball and I like that," said Johnson. "Coach Junior Smith is recruiting me and they told me they'd make my offer official when I came on my visit this weekend."
Another school on Johnson's official visit list is UNC. Johnson said that the Heels would probably wait to see what happened with some other prospects before deciding on whether to offer but he plans to visit on Jan 21.
"UNC is a great program, both academically and athletically," said Johnson. "Coach (Gunter) Brewer is recruiting me and they're looking at some other players and then want to see how I fit in. My brother already goes to school at Carolina."
In addition to NC State, UNC and East Carolina, Johnson will make an official visit to Richmond on Jan 14. He plans to major in Sports Marketing or Business Management and projects as an academic qualifier.