WR Johnson & Family Ready for Journey to ND

A.L. Brown High (Kannapolis, N.C.) receiver Keeon Johnson holds more than a half-dozen offers, including one from Notre Dame, and he and his family are making the 11-hour drive to campus to meet with the coaching staff and tour the campus Saturday. Before leaving for the journey, Johnson spoke to IrishEyes.com.

The family car will be loaded and on an 11-hour journey by early Friday morning as A.L. Brown High (Kannapolis, N.C.) receiver Keeon Johnson and his family make their first trip to Notre Dame.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Johnson's only window into the program comes via Irish assistant coach Mike Elston, who recruits North Carolina.

"He's a pretty cool guy. He's pretty laid back," Johnson said. "I want to see if Notre Dame's the right place, the right fit for me. I really don't know much about Notre Dame.

"Coach Elston came down and told me different things about the building that were up there and things like that, and I didn't even know about it. I just want to get more information and see if it feels like home."

Johnson is the type of big-bodied receiver Irish coach Brian Kelly likes for his offense, and became a commodity after making 39 catches for 795 yards and five touchdowns as a junior.

He also holds offers from Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia and Wake Forest, but he is looking forward to his first visit to South Bend, Ind. He is bringing his parents, grandmother and a friend to check things out.

"We talk maybe once every week and a half or so," Johnson said of his relationship with Elston. "The only stuff I know is what he told me, like Touchdown Jesus and all the other buildings around there."

A big aspect of the visit will be Notre Dame's academic presentation since Johnson is considering a career as an anesthesiologist.

"Right now I'm trying to go into pre-med, but that could change," Johnson said. "Before I could commit or say I'm going to a school, I would have to see where I would fit academically."

Johnson is being heavily recruited by a few schools much close to his home, which is located 20 minutes outside of Charlotte, N.C. He spent Wednesday at North Carolina, made several visits to North Carolina State and was at Virginia's junior day.

"At Virginia, that was my first time there," he said. "I noticed the coaches really take the time to talk to you and tell you about different things. They try to come to you as your family. It was a good experience."

Johnson is contemplating visits to East Carolina and Maryland as well, but he is in no hurry to make a decision.

"It'll probably be the end of the football season," Johnson said.

He also isn't concerned about distance.

"Honestly, I did at first toward the end of my sophomore year, but now I'm starting to take things into my own hand," he said. "I could see myself going away from home."

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