RECRUITING: OU scouts N.C. lineman

Durham, N.C. offensive lineman Carl Johnson update.


With great offensive tackles in such high demand, Carl Johnson is a player that is drawing as much attention as any player in the country. Johnson started at left tackle his sophomore year before moving to right tackle to protect the blind-side of a lefthanded quarterback.

"I am naturally righthanded, so I feel comfortable on that side," said Johnson. "It wouldn't take me long too get used to playing left tackle again. It really doesn't matter to me, I will play on either side that my college coaches want me to. Most of the great NFL tackles are probably left tackles, but in the NFL you have great tackles on both sides. They are great athletes, and just to play tackle proves that you are a great athlete."

Johnson graded out at 93 percent last season and he finished with over 100 pancake blocks. Johnson can bench 380 pounds, squats 500 and he has posted a 29-inch vertical jump.

Johnson has been to the Scout Combine and the North Carolina Shrine Bowl Combine this year. He has also been to Duke and North Carolina State's one-day camp and to Florida State's four-day camp. This summer, Johnson isn't sure if he will make to any camps.

Johnson has been offered by 30 schools at this point and he is taking his time trying to narrow down his choices.

"My dad and I have been weighing our options," said Johnson. "It is way too early to narrow things down or to eliminate schools. I really don't have a top five or anything like that. I am looking at everybody right now and just weighing my options. I have been offered by all the major schools and I am still thinking about all of them."

What are Johnson's thoughts on Oklahoma?

"My thoughts on Oklahoma are good," said Johnson. "I saw the Oklahoma coach (Kevin Wilson) today, but I couldn't talk to him because of NCAA rules. They have a great program at OU and they are always strong on offense. Oklahoma is always one of the top programs in the country and they are always a contender to win.

"Oklahoma is a good school for offensive linemen, but I don't worry about the pros or how many players they send to the pros. I want my degree because I want to have that sheet of paper to fall back on in case something happens to my football career."

Johnson has qualified.

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