UNC Contacting Top 10 Center

North Carolina has already offered a scholarship to E1T1's Joel Berry. Now the Tar Heels are beginning to recruit his AAU teammate Dakari Johnson, of Montverde (Fla.) Academy.

"North Carolina has recently been texting me and reaching out to me," said the 6-10, 250-pound junior.

"They just recently started contacting me," he added. "I've talked to one of their assistant coaches. They said they really use their big man. They are going to watch me during open gym."

While UNC hasn't discussed a scholarship offer with Johnson, who ranks as a top 10 prospect in the class of 2014, they intend on seeing him play when coaches can begin evaluating recruits at their schools in early September.

"They just said they are showing a lot interest and they want to come look at me," Johnson.

What does Johnson think about the Heels?

"Just that they produce and that they give their big men the ball," Johnson responded. "Their big men run the floor and I think I do a really good job running the floor."

Joining Carolina in the interest category for Johnson is Kentucky, Syracuse, Georgetown, Florida, Ohio State, Kansas and a host of other high major schools in the Big East, SEC and ACC.

"It's going good," he said of his recruitment. "They are all calling me and the college coaches are telling me that they are coming out September 9th. A lot of college coaches are telling me that's when they are going to come out."

Johnson, who was forced to sit out last high school season due to a transfer from Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick to Montverde Academy, said he would likely hold off on focusing on the recruiting process until following his junior season.

"I'm not in any rush," Johnson said. "I'm just letting it come to me. I'll probably focus on it more and narrow down my list after the high school season."

He said he will take an unofficial visit this weekend to Georgia.

Johnson is regarded by Scout.com as the No. 3 center and the No. 7 overall prospect in the 2014 recruiting class.

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