Johnson Seeking Offer

T.J. Johnson made his third unofficial trip to North Carolina on Saturday in hopes of discovering the status of a possible UNC scholarship offer.

"[My primary recruiter Sam Pittman] told me that he's got to see what kind of options he has," said Johnson. "He said if there's a way he can get another scholarship, he said he might offer me."

During conversations with Pittman, the Tar Heels' offensive line coach, Johnson was informed that UNC is in need of offensive tackles. The problem is Johnson, a 6-foot-5 270-pounder, is being recruited as a center.

"He said I looked like I had the quickness for center," said Johnson. "He said centers are hard to find."

Johnson continued to display that quickness Saturday at UNC's one-day camp.

"I showed him at the camp that I was a little bit quicker then what I showed on film," said Johnson, who starts at left tackle for Aynor (S.C.).

Johnson spent both practice sessions Saturday working with the Pittman and the offensive linemen.

"I really like the way he coaches," said Johnson. "He's a fun guy to be around. He was just cutting up with us, but also at the same time I took a lot home from the camp that I had learned."

On Monday, Pittman made his one allowed phone call to Johnson. Also, Pittman text messages and writes Johnson, regularly.

This weekend Johnson will entertain three camps in three days – Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and South Carolina. He also will camp at Clemson, Florida State, and Tennessee.

Johnson, who isn't claiming any favorites, is using the summer camping circuit to not only earn scholarship offers, but to also learn about each school and coaching staff.

"I'm going to these camps. While some of these schools are evaluating me, I'm also trying to evaluate these coaches," said Johnson. "I'm seeing how these guys coach and where I fit in the best."

By the end of the summer, Johnson figures to have a better gauge on his recruitment.

Johnson has collected ten scholarship offers thus far, including Duke, East Carolina, Kentucky, Maryland, NC State, and Vanderbilt.

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