Dwight Will Be Back

Johnny Dwight accompanied teammate and close friend Johnathan "Bug" Howard on a visit to North Carolina last fall, but plans to return to Chapel Hill where he'll be the main focus of the coaching staff.

"On that visit, it was all for ‘Bug,'" Dwight said. "They didn't really know about me."

After a junior campaign in which Dwight collected 42 tackles, including 16 for a loss and three sacks as Rochelle (Ga.) Wilcox County reached the GHSA Class A semifinal, UNC – and schools like Auburn, Clemson, Georgia – definitely know about the 6-foot-2 , 275-pound defensive tackle.

Dwight says he talks to Vic Koenning, who recruits southern Georgia for UNC, every now and then, and has had conversations with Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels' newly hired defensive line coach, Keith Gilmore.

Dwight is awaiting his first scholarship offer, but the UNC coaching staff has given him every indication that it plans to offer.

"They told me they'd have an offer for me," Dwight said.

UNC, of course, is where Dwight's teammate, Howard, signed a month ago. Dwight says that gives the Tar Heels a major advantage.

"We're very close," Dwight said his relation with Howard. "We hang out every day."

Dwight says that doesn't necessarily mean he'll immediately commit upon receiving a UNC scholarship offer.

"I want to take my time with [recruiting]," Dwight said.

Dwight and Howard attended the UNC-East Carolina football game in Chapel Hill last fall. Shortly after Howard returned home from that visit, he verbally committed to the Tar Heels.

"Everything was alright," Dwight said. "It was nice. I really liked it. The game went well."

Dwight was invited to UNC's Junior Day in February, but his basketball schedule forced him to take a rain check.

"I know for a fact I'm coming up this spring," Dwight said. "I'll be up for the spring game and I might be up before that.

"I'm looking to see how everything goes on campus."

Along with Howard, Dwight was a part of Wilcox County's basketball team's title run starting at center. Thursday night, Wilcox County lost in the GHSA Class A Championship game. Dwight averaged 7.8 points-per-game. Johnny Dwight Profile

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