You’d be hard pressed to find a prospect who has attended more North Carolina camps – let alone a more diverse selection – than Roscoe Johnson.
Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound wide receiver, camped at UNC on June 7, participated in the “Beast of the Hill” 7-on-7 Team Camp on June 18 with his Union County (S.C.) teammates, and then returned to for Fedora’s Freak Show on June 20.
“The Freak Show was more the top prospects,” Johnson said. “And then the other camps were just like everybody trying to get recruited. But the Freak Show you got to see more talent. Everybody wants you to be good, compete, and try your hardest.”
Johnson’s performance at the first two camps – including a 4.4-second 40-yard dash on a slow turf surface – earned him an invitation to the Freak Show.
“My coach had told me that [UNC] wanted me to come back up there [for the Freak Show],” Johnson said. “They thought I did really well and wanted to see how I’d do against better competition.”
It goes without saying that Johnson’s June experiences has allowed him to fully evaluate Gunter Brewer, UNC’s wide receivers coach, as a coach.
“He knows his stuff,” Johnson said. “He’s a really good coach. Hopefully, I’ll get to play for him the next four years.”
Johnson and Brewer, who recruits Union County for UNC, communicate on a daily basis.
“He just tells me to be ready [for an offer],” Johnson said. “They just have to get everything situated. He said it’s all about numbers – who all is leaving and who doesn’t.”
Johnson hopes to receive an update when he returns to Chapel Hill on July 14 and 15. Instead of working out (the Tar Heels don’t have a camp on either of those days) the focus will be exposing Johnson’s mother to UNC. While Johnson’s uncles have accompanied him on trips to UNC, his mother has yet to visit the school.
“I think [Brewer] wants to get my family up there so that they can see the atmosphere,” Johnson said.
If UNC does offer during the aforementioned trip, Johnson says he’ll likely commit on the spot.
“I feel like I have a good connection with their coaches,” Johnson said. “I’ve seen the facilities and all that, and I have a good feel for it.”
Although he caught 50 passes for 800 yards and eight touchdowns last season, Johnson’s recruitment didn’t begin collecting steam until June.
“I think my name wasn’t out there,” Johnson said. “Nobody really knew about me.”
The only other school that Johnson has camped at, Appalachian State, offered him following his performance. He has also picked up recent offers from smaller schools like Middle Tennessee.
UNC has already offered Johnson’s younger teammate Shi Smith. Johnson and Smith are close and have discussed attending the same school, but it’s not a guaranteed package deal.
Johnson and Smith teamed up to help Union County reach the finals of the “Beast of the Hill.” In that contest, they nearly upset Spartanburg (S.C.), which went undefeated on the day.
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