Johnson Has 'Great' Visit

North Carolina hosted Patrick Johnson over the weekend for an official visit. The stay has boosted UNC's chances with's No. 1-ranked cornerback.

"[The visit] put me wide open with [interest in] North Carolina," Johnson said. "They have a lot to offer.

"The visit was great. I enjoyed the atmosphere and Coach [Butch] Davis and Coach [John] Blake."

Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder from Pompano Beach (Fla.) Blanche Ely, is technically verbally committed to Miami. However, his pledge is far from firm.

"I'm open," Johnson said. "I haven't de-committed, I'm sticking by [Miami]. I'm just open."

Late next week Johnson plans to finalize his college destination. Between now and then, he'll take his final official visit to Miami.

In addition to UNC, Johnson has officially visited Florida, Georgia and LSU.

After arriving in Chapel Hill Friday with teammate Ryan Lewis, who was also on an official trip, Johnson spent much of the night with the UNC coaching staff.

"We just hung out, ate together, and talked about football a little bit," Johnson said.

Saturday Johnson received his first in-depth look at the campus with a tour.

"[The campus] is top of the line – I can tell you that much," Johnson said.

Johnson then sat down with virtually every member of UNC's coaching staff for one-on-one meetings.

"[They talked about] the opportunity I'd have to come in and play as a freshman," Johnson said. "I'd do a little punt return, kick return, a little offense, and a little defense – just be an explosive player if I come to North Carolina."

As expected, Johnson closed out his stay with a lengthy meeting with Davis.

"[He touched on] basically the same thing [as the assistants]," Johnson said. "Butch Davis is a great guy, a great coach, and he knows how to recruit."

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