UNC Football Class of 2016 Signee: WR Roscoe Johnson

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at the Tar Heel signee.

BIO: Caught 50 passes for more than 800 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior • Named first-team all-area • PrepStar All-Atlantic Region • Was a North/South bowl selection • Missed his sophomore season with an injury


RECRUITMENT: Outside of Larry Fedora and his staff (and Inside Carolina), no one attended more UNC camps than Johnson. After jumping onto the Tar Heels’ radar with an early June camp performance (which included a 40-yard dash time in the 4.4-second range), Johnson helped Union (S.C.) County to the finals of the “Beast of the Hill” 7-on-7 camp. Proving that he didn’t simply dominate weaker competition, Johnson returned for Fedora’s Freak Show with similar results. During a campus visit in mid-July, he was offered a scholarship. Without hesitation, Johnson accepted.

WHY CAROLINA: “They care for their players – it’s not just about football. They want them to succeed in everything. Everybody is a family there and everybody wants you to do well. (Coach Brewer) believed in me. He told me I had good talent. I know he’s a good coach and I know he could make me a better player. I know he’s coached some great players and put them into the [National Football] League, so he knows what he’s doing.”

EVALUATION: Though he possesses track speed, on the football field Johnson is recognized more for a pair of hands that seemingly pull in all catchable passes. Those reliable mitts combined with his body control make difficult grabs look routine. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder is a willing blocker who selflessly attempts to help the offense even when he’s not the target of a pass – even if that means simply occupying a defender.

HS COACH QUOTES: “I think the first thing that we saw when he came in as a ninth grader was his just flat out speed – I think he ran a 4.3-4.4 up there. Since then, he’s built himself into a 180 pounds and more than just a speed guy. He’s really worked hard. [He’s] a great route runner … but he’s definitely been under the radar for sure. Last year, the whole focus was on Shi Smith, my underclassman wideout. I think because of all the attention, Roscoe ended up having a pretty good year and people have started to see him as well.” — Steve Taneyhill, Union County HS

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: Football is chock full of tales where a coach/scout unearths a prospect while evaluating another widely known prospect. Roscoe Johnson was the subject of one such tale … Read the full subscriber-only report

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