Johnson A Soft Commitment

North Carolina verbal commitment D'Ernest Johnson hasn't closed the book on his recruitment.

"I'm not solid," Johnson said. "I'm still going to look at other schools."

In addition to UNC, Johnson, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound running back from Immokalee (Fla.), has been talking to Louisville, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.

"Probably in the beginning of the season, I'll be done with [the recruiting process]," Johnson said.

Johnson will fly out to Louisville by himself on July 22. He'll then be a part of a group of Immokalee players that head coach Rich Dombroski will escort to several different colleges in the Carolinas and Georgia, including Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest.

Specifically with the UNC trip, Johnson and his teammates will arrive on July 26. It will be the first time he has visited Chapel Hill – he committed to the school sight unseen in May.

"I just want to see if I feel like I'm at home – does it feel like home to me," Johnson said. "I want to see how the campus is, the academics – see how all of it is."

The UNC coaching staff is aware of Johnson's travel plans to other schools.

"I told Coach [Disch] that I still want to keep my options open and I still want to see what other schools have to offer me," Johnson said. "He was alright with it, but he was kind of upset with it."

Due to his intentions to visit other schools, Disch's conversations with Johnson have been more "recruiter to recruit" than "coach to commitment."

"He tells me how he can't wait to get me up there," Johnson said. "He said I'll be the next Gio Bernard."

In addition to Disch, Johnson also communicates with current Tar Heels T.J. Jiles and Malik Simmons, who also hail from southeast Florida.

"I last talked to them when Malik shot me a text about two weeks ago," Johnson said. "They tell me how great it is up there and they want me up there. I'm going to see them when I visit."

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