Maryland CB to Camp at UNC

North Carolina is intrigued by the size-speed combination of Kevin Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 160-pound cornerback with a 4.5-forty.

"[Marcus Berry] said [the UNC coaches] like my foot quickness on film," Johnson said. "I'm about 6-foot-1, so they like my height and what I can bring to the table and the potential that I have."

Johnson, a Clarksville (Md.) River Hill product, has been keeping in contact with Berry, UNC's newly hired Director of Player Personnel and former assistant coach of Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly High School.

"I call [Berry] every once in a while," Johnson said. "He tells me how UNC is very interested in me and they want me to come down to camp before they talk about offering."

Johnson said he will accept the invitation and attend UNC's camp. He plans to also camp at Wake Forest and West Virginia.

West Virginia and Wisconsin have both extended Johnson a scholarship offer.

The offer from the Mountaineers is Johnson's most recent. It came over the weekend while he was on campus for West Virginia's Spring Game.

"I'm pretty high on West Virginia right now," Johnson said. "Because I felt like the coaches were really interested in me and it felt like a family up there."

Johnson is looking to make a verbal commitment in late June – after all of his camping trips.

"I want to get the process over with," Johnson said. "It might not be that early, but I would like it to be around that time. After all that camping is done, I'm going to go ahead and commit off of what I have."

Johnson covets a school with an environment he can fit into, and has good weather, academics, and proximity from his Clarksville, Md. home. He's also looking for early playing time.

According to Johnson, Chapel Hill is close enough to his home.

Additionally, having Berry, who spent a decade (1997-2007) coaching high school football in Maryland, on staff provides UNC with an edge.

"That's pretty big, because I feel like whatever [Berry] tells me, it's the truth," Johnson said. "I definitely feel like I can trust him and he can relate to me better."

Johnson starts both ways – at wide receiver and cornerback – for River Hill, which hasn't lost a game ironically since Berry's Friendly team beat them in the state championship on Dec. 19, 2006.

Last season, Johnson registered 45 tackles and three interceptions, returning one for a score. He also caught five passes for 150 yards and four touchdowns.

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