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