2007 Intro: Michael Johnson

Durham (N.C.) Hillside plans to silence the critics this year with a roster full of talent and senior leadership from players such as starting quarterback Michael Johnson.

"Everybody in the community is going to have something to say about Hillside and about us not winning," said Johnson. "We're trying to win this year – we're going to win this year. We just have to work hard and stay focused."

In addition to Johnson, Hillside boasts Scout.com five-star athlete Greg Little and cornerback Tyree Bullock, among others, leading to high expectations.

"All the reporters we talk to, the first thing they say is with the team we got coming back, [we should win the] state championship," said Johnson. "We aren't trying to hear all of that. We are just going to do our thing and just win."

Just like his teammates, Johnson, a 6-foot-1 200-pounder, is receiving plenty of interest from college coaching staffs.

"Tennessee, Wake Forest, Duke, and [North] Carolina, they all liked my highlight tapes so they were just saying they want me to come down to their one-day camp before they offer," said Johnson. "They want to see me in person."

In addition to the four aforementioned schools, Johnson will camp at Notre Dame, Penn State, N.C. State, and Miami.

This spring Johnson has made his campus rounds including trips to Wake Forest, North Carolina, Tennessee, Duke, and N.C. State. During his unofficial trip to Chapel Hill, Johnson was thoroughly introduced to new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti and the system he is bringing to UNC.

"They got a new offensive coordinator from Fresno State," said Johnson. "I like the system that they run now. It's a pretty good system, which looks like a lot of uneven match-ups in their favor. They're trying to put the opposing defenses in the ACC in troubling situations."

Still early, Johnson is keeping his favorites list clear.

"I just get the most attention right now from Wake Forest, but as far as who's leading everybody they're [all] just equal," said Johnson.

Last season, Johnson completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,583 yards and 21 touchdowns, and just eight interceptions. He added 531 yards rushing.

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