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AAC, ACC and Big Ten programs pursuing 2018 CB Nolan Johnson

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Nolan Johnson's recruitment continues to pick up steam and the 2018 Southwest Guilford cornerback spoke with Scout.

After a breakout sophomore season, Nolan Johnson has continued to play at a very high level in 2016.

Due to his efforts, he has picked up early scholarship offers from Maryland and East Carolina, and he gave a quick thought on each.

Maryland: "I like coach (D.J.) Durkin and saw what he did at Michigan and think he's going to turn it around at Maryland," said the 6-foot-2. 180-pound Johnson, "I also want to get into business after college and they have one of the top 20 business schools in the country. I visited this summer and liked it a lot. I was able to meet all the coaches and see all the facilities. I'll probably go to a game this fall and I'm looking forward to seeing the game day environment.

"(Tight ends) coach (Pete) Lembo and (defensive backs) coach (Aazaar) Abdul-Rahim are recruiting me. Coach Lembo is a really nice guy and he's straightforward. I also like coach Aazaar and he's been working with DBs all his life. He's really good at what he does and I feel like he could help me develop."

East Carolina: "I love (defensive backs) coach (Rick) Smith. He's really cool and very laid back. He also really cares about his players. He's told me that East Carolina is a great place and that they would help develop me as a person and player. 

"I actually camped there this summer and the coaches had a lot of energy and really focused on helping you improve. I haven't been down there for a game yet, but I'm looking forward to taking a trip. I'm want to see the environment and get a feel for everything."

Along with the schools that have offered, Johnson said Virginia TechNorth CarolinaNC StateWake Forest and Clemson are showing interest.

Of those schools, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are recruiting him the hardest.

"At Virginia Tech, I love (defensive coordinator) coach (Bud) Foster," Johnson said. "He's a genius with what he does. And (linebackers) coach (Galen) Scott is recruiting me and he's a really good coach. I'll visit for a game this fall."

"With Wake Forest, I like the overall atmosphere and the coaching staff. (Cornerbacks) coach (Derrick) Jackson is a really nice guy and treats me like family every time I'm there. I'll also go see a game there soon."

Southwest Guilford is 4-0 and continues their season tonight on the road against Southern Alamance at 7:30 p.m.

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