Johnson Excited to Sign

There won't be any TV crews or cheering fans at Cordova (S.C.) Edisto High on Wednesday. Brice Johnson is taking it easy on his signing day.

The latest addition to the North Carolina class of 2012 confirmed that he'd sign his Letter of Intent on the first day of the early signing period but didn't expect much fanfare to come with it. Instead, it just seems like any other Wednesday to Johnson.

"I'm excited but I'm just looking at it as a regular day," Johnson said. "I'm going to do it at home probably."

It's not surprising that Johnson is downplaying his signing day. The 6-foot-9 power forward is naturally kind of shy and he's also spent the last four months entertaining potential college suitors. After a breakout performance at the Peach Jam in July, the bouncy big man saw his attention grow with coaches and the media.

Johnson said he's looking forward to ending his recruitment officially.

"It is very much relieving," Johnson said. "It's been crazy all around."

Much to the surprise of some, Johnson's commitment ended North Carolina's class 2012 immediately. Williams had several other offers extended to other top recruits and it wasn't a given that there was only scholarship available. When Johnson committed, the Heels took their name out of the race of several players, including Mitch McGary and T.J. Warren, as a result.

Johnson said he was aware of Williams' plan but that it didn't force his hand at all.

"I kind of knew (there was one scholarship left) but that was where I really wanted to go," Johnson said. "(I realized it) a couple weeks after my official visit. … It was just a perfect fit for me."

With practice at Edisto already underway, Johnson is ready to get on the court and start playing games. He said his team is eying a state title and plans on getting there by getting out and running.

In addition to continuing his dominance on the glass, Johnson also said he's looking to attack the basket more frequently.

Aside from his dreams of a state championship, Johnson has pretty realistic goals for the next six months. Just like his understated signing day, Johnson is going to take it easy.

"I'm just trying to finish high school," Johnson said. "That's pretty much it."

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