Johnson Thought About Being Next

North Carolina is very high on Md. defensive back Patrick Johnson's list.

As customary, Fedora’s Freak Show concluded with the “Who’s Next?” segment, which pulled verbal commitments out of Luke Elder and Tomon Fox. A third recruit also considered joining the crowd of North Carolina pledges – Patrick Johnson.

“I had the thought in my mind, but I’m not ready for that,” the 5-foot-11, 198-pound defensive back from Potomac (Md.) Bullis School said. “I’m not at that point in the process, yet. I have a couple more camps to visit.”

Johnson, who camped at Southern Cal this past weekend, is scheduled to camp at Pittsburgh on July 28. He’s also working on dates with Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Wisconsin for the next couple of months.

Johnson’s goal: to make a verbal commitment before his senior football season begins.

Despite his intentions, Johnson doesn’t claim a list of favorite schools. He does, however, have a favorable opinion of UNC.

“North Carolina is very high on my list,” Johnson said. “It’s not far from home and I have fun there. It has the best of both worlds – the athletes are great and the academics are high. It’s Coach [Charlton] Warren’s first year there, so I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s going to do.”

After leaving a spring break visit to UNC impressed, Johnson decided to return to Chapel Hill for the Freak Show.

“For me, I used it more to get an understanding of how the coaches coach and what technique they use for their defensive backs,” Johnson said. “And, if I do commit to UNC, what type of players would I be playing with.”

Warren, being the defensive back coach, was the coach Johnson analyzed the heaviest.

“Coach Warren is a great coach on the field and off the field,” Johnson said. “The defensive back drills were pretty much stuff that I had already done and learned. So, I was comfortable.

“Most of our conversations were about life about college, because football isn’t always promised to you. He was worried about me after [my playing career]. I really liked that.”

As for the actual camp, Johnson enjoyed how UNC combined entertainment and competition, which was epitomized by the included dodge ball tournament.

“The USC camp was more about evaluations to see where you stand,” Johnson said. “The Freak Show was more about fun, competition, and more of a family atmosphere. When they pulled out the dodge balls, I said to myself, ‘It’s about to go down now.’”

Prior to the official start of the Freak Show, Johnson hung out with UNC players and fellow recruits in the players’ lounge. Additionally, he and his family met with Larry Fedora.

“He just talked about just how great of a school UNC is,” Johnson said. “He said I would be a major contributor, if I do decide to go to UNC. He talked about how I’d fit in the program and how UNC would affect my life off the field.”

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