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Johnson feels the love

Coveted 2004 UNC target Brian Johnson [pictured left], was in Chapel Hill this weekend to attend "Midnight with the Heels." <i>Inside Carolina</i>'s Clint Jackson spoke with Johnson about his visit ...

Brian Johnson is a man of little excitement. Having followed the 6-8 power forward since his freshman year of high school -- we haven't seen show much emotion. Not on the court. Not in interviews. Almost never at all. He'll sometimes crack a smile, though to hear a good laugh is uncharacteristic.

However, on the phone Sunday night, Johnson was full of life, full of laughs and still spinning from his weekend visit to Chapel Hill.

"It was fun, so much fun," Johnson told IC. "I had a good time."

The consensus top fifteen junior was in town to watch "Midnight with the Heels," UNC's annual tip off practice/scrimmage in Carmichael Auditorium. And needless to say, the fans rolled out the red carpet for the much desired post prospect from Arlington (Va.) Bishop O'Connell.

"Oh man, they made [the recruits] wait and then we walked out there across the court," Johnson said laughing. "The fans had pictures of me and they yelled my name and stuff. It felt real good."

Johnson also had some kind words for his possible future teammates who participated in the inter-squad scrimmage.

"They looked good," he said with an authoritative tone. "David Noel -- wow. I had never even heard of him before. He was just so active and he can jump too. And Raymond Felton was good, too. And Sean May? I just love his game because he can go inside and shoot outside too."

As to whether the UNC fans, players and coaches pushed for a commitment?

"Well, yeah, they did a little. But it wasn't too much," he said. "They said it was on my terms, so I'm still holding my ground and I'll do it when I'm ready."

At the Charlie Weber Invitational last weekend, Johnson told IC that while UNC was still the clear leader, but wasn't going to rush a decision and wanted to see what the other schools had to offer (CW: Brian Johson Spotlight). While the Tar Heels are the team to beat, his school list is rounded out by Duke, Maryland, Florida and UCLA.


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