"I think Keeon is just a well-rounded receiver," Brown head coach Mike Newsome said. "He has everything that every college coach wants and is looking for in a receiver. Physically, he's a big receiver, he's tall, and he's physical as far as his size and presence. He's able to take advantage of small DBs. He's fast…
"As far as his skills, he has good ball skills [and] he has great route running skills. He understands how to get himself open in coverage. He is a very, very smart guy, which is going to help him down the road when defenses get more complicated.
"And then, he's great young man off the field – great academics."
After catching 28 passes for 389 yards as a sophomore, Johnson had 39 receptions for 795 yards and nine touchdowns last fall and was named to the All-Cabarrus County Team.
Three games into his junior season, Johnson received his first scholarship offer from East Carolina. Four schools soon followed with offers of their own – Duke, North Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest.
"He's had offers from all the schools in-state," Newsome said. "It's starting to pick up from the guys out-of-state. The bigger named schools – Notre Dame and Michigan – have come in, looked at him, and liked him."
Larry Fedora spoke to Johnson last Wednesday to assure him that his UNC scholarship offer was still valid.
"He seemed pretty cool and fun to talk to," Johnson said.
Johnson, who doesn't plan to make a decision public until Signing Day, says two schools are sticking out above the rest.
"NC State right now [is my favorite] and of course North Carolina is right there behind them," Johnson said. "I just like the environment and atmosphere [at those two schools] – I just feel at home. They just treat me the same way friends and family treat me."
Besides UNC and NC State, Johnson has visited Clemson, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. His UNC visits include two games and a camp last summer.
UNC has signed two players from Brown the past two recruiting classes – Damien Washington and Travis Riley. Johnson says continuing that pipeline is enticing.
"Sometimes it could tempt you to do it," Johnson said. "But at the same time, I need to go to the school that's best for me."
Johnson says that Washington has attempted to recruit him to UNC.
In addition to Riley and Washington, Johnson's father and Terrence Knox's uncle converse a lot… Johnson is planning to major in pre-med.