Howard Sets UNC Visit

As North Carolina attempts to finish off the remainder of its 2013 recruiting class, one of its last remaining targets has scheduled his first trip to Chapel Hill – Johnathan Howard.

"I'm visiting Sept. 22," Howard said. "That's an unofficial. That's our off weekend [of the football season]."

Howard, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound wide receiver from Rochelle (Ga.) Wilcox County, is unsure how long he'll remain in Chapel Hill that weekend, but he plans to at least attend UNC's game against East Carolina.

"I want to see how I feel about the people that are around the school," Howard said. "And I want to see what kind of player I can be at North Carolina."

For much of his recruitment, Clemson was Howard's leader. However, once the Tigers filled up at the wide receiver position, Howard was forced to go in another direction and crowned UNC his favorite.

"I just have a good relationship with the coaches [at UNC]," Howard said.

Not wanting to miss out on yet another opportunity, if everything goes well during his visit to UNC, Howard says there's a high chance he'll leave verbally committed.

"Pretty much, if I like it and my dad likes it and my mother likes it, I'm pretty much going to commit," Howard said.

Due to NCAA sanctions, UNC is looking to sign a class of just 20 prospects. It already has 18 recruits verbally committed.

"We talked about it [Tuesday] night, Coach Vic [Koenning] and I," Howard said. "He said they have a bunch of 5-9, scatback receivers. Now they're looking for the big guy. They think it's going to be me."

During their most recent conversation, Koenning, Howard's primary recruiter, also went into detail about how Howard fits into UNC's balanced, no-huddle spread offense.

"He told me how he was going over film with the rest of the staff and they really need to be able to stretch the field and they could really, really use me in the offense that they're running," Howard said.

Before hanging up, Koenning put Larry Fedora on the phone to speak to Howard.

"He was telling me about all the great receivers he had coached and what he could do for me if I came to North Carolina," Howard said.

Trailing UNC is Kentucky, Louisville, and NC State. Howard has also yet to visit any of those three schools, but has discussed scheduling an official visit with Charlie Strong of Louisville.

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