2014 PG Visits UNC

During his unofficial visit on Saturday, Eric Johnson Jr. felt like one of the guys. Johnson, a 6-foot-2 point guard in the class of 2014 point, hung out with UNC's players and gathered lots of information from the Carolina coaching staff.

"Everything was great," Johnson said. "I had a good time with the coaches. Coach (C.B.) McGrath was with me the whole visit and I enjoyed talking with him. The UNC players are pretty cool -- they had a good sense of humor."

Johnson, escorted by his father Eric Johnson Sr., started the visit with a tour of the basketball offices. After a meeting with UNC's academic support staff, Johnson talked with UNC head coach Roy Williams while the 2011-12 UNC team finished its conditioning tests.

"I talked to him (Williams) after the players finished conditioning and he gave some advice," Johnson said. "He told me I was at a good position and that I need to keep working and that I'll have a chance to be great. That's all I needed to hear -- just keep working at it."

"They have different times for different positions on their conditioning tests. Dexter Strickland came in first and I think like half of the guys made their tough times. Seeing those drills made me realize how hard you have to work to get - and stay -- at that level."

Running with the CP3 AAU team over the summer, Johnson played with UNC targets Theo Pinson and Brice Johnson. That allowed UNC several opportunities to watch him play.

"They're recruiting a lot of guys in my class," Johnson explained. "They said they just need (a point guard) to run the (team). If you can score that's great, but you don't have to be a terrific scorer for their program. I look at the players they've had and they've been good at distributing and leading the team."

In late August, Johnson began attending The Christ School in Arden, N.C. - nearly 235 miles from the Kestrel Heights School and his hometown of Durham, N.C. He said the adjustment hasn't been easy.

"It's been kind of hard, but I've got a good supporting cast," he said. "I have a lot of great teachers and people are there to help you. We're at the gym two to three hours per day, so that part is going pretty well also."

Early in the recruiting process, Johnson says Clemson, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech are showing heavy interest and are close to offering.

Another visit to UNC hasn't been scheduled, but Johnson hopes to get back for a couple of games this season (he attended a game at the Smith Center last season). Overall, Johnson said the visit went great.

"It was unreal walking into the football stadium with the team," Johnson said. "I was a little nervous because I never dreamed I'd be talking to those guys like I was. These are the top players at this level so it was an honor to be around them. The whole day was a great opportunity."

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