Four-Star WR Looking to Visit UNC

Despite being verbally committed to LSU, Avery Johnson has a strong interest in North Carolina.

"[UNC] has a good offense, they produce good receivers, I like Coach [Butch] Davis a lot – I think he's a good coach – and I have an old high school teammate that plays for North Carolina – Jabari Price," Johnson said.

Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver from Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely, verbally committed to LSU last September. Before making a final decision, though, he plans on taking all five of his official visits.

At the very least, Johnson's interest in UNC will lead him to visit the school in some capacity.

"During the summer, I'll try to visit," Johnson said. "But if I don't, I'll definitely be there for an official visit."

Johnson's older brother, Patrick Peterson, who played for LSU and is expected to be the first cornerback taken in the NFL draft, officially visited UNC during his recruitment.

"[Peterson] said he enjoyed himself [on his UNC official visit] and he liked it," Johnson said. "He enjoyed Coach Davis and the rest of the coaches. He told me it was a nice campus and nice football program. He really enjoyed it, but felt like LSU was a better fit for him."

Peterson has offered Johnson tips on how to approach the recruiting process.

"He said just look around, take your time, and make sure you pick the best school for you because you're going to be living there for four years," Johnson said.

Besides UNC, Johnson's other likely official visit destinations include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, as well as LSU.

Miami is the only school Johnson has visited this spring.

"[The Miami visit] was pretty good," Johnson said. "It was OK – it wasn't all that – but it was OK."

Johnson doesn't have any future visits planned, but is looking into scheduling a few trips over the summer.

"I'm trying to look around [and] take some unofficial visits somewhere to see what's out there [and] what's around," Johnson said.

Johnson and Price, a sophomore cornerback, played on Ely's varsity squad for one season together. The two often.

"If we don't talk on the phone, we talk on Facebook," Johnson said. "Usually it's on the phone. When he comes home [during breaks], we talk a lot about North Carolina football.

"He has just told me about the football tradition, what's going on there, academics, the competition against some of the receivers every day, and he tells me how good a place that it is." Johnson has also had conversations with Charlie Williams, UNC's wide receivers coach, Troy Douglas, his area recruiter, and Davis.

"They just want me at the school," Johnson said. "They want me to come in and make an impact on their football team. They're recruiting me hard to be a Tar Heel."

As a junior, Johnson caught 35 passes for 400 yards and five touchdowns.

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