The Calm before the Storm

After a burst of interest, mail, and phone calls in the last three months, things have died down somewhat for Carl Johnson, the 6-foot-6, 340-pound blue-chip offensive tackle out of Durham (N.C.) Southern.

"It's been real laid back," said Carl Johnson. "I've just been talking to coaches and setting up days for when they are visiting."

Florida is the only coaching staff with a firm date set for an evaluation visit, but many others are in the planning phase with Johnson and his coach/father, Jeff Parker.

Adding to an already complex recruitment, Johnson, who plans to graduate in December, is trying to work things out if – or when – he is selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"I've been talking to schools about if I play in that game, because once you enroll in college its up to them to let you come back and play," said Johnson. "Most of them it depends on when the game falls and when they have to come back to the school. I really want to play in that game so if I have to enroll into a community college for a couple months I'll have to do that."

Johnson, who has one of the nation's largest offer sheets, still denies having any favorites, but hopes to establish the five schools he will officially visit sometimes this summer.

In-state schools North Carolina, N.C. State and Duke won't be among the five official trips. It's not that the trio has fallen out of favor, but because Johnson lives within 30 minutes of each campus and plans to attend a game at each school unofficially.

Johnson is fresh off a solid combine performance during the Shrine Bowl Combine held in Rockingham, NC. After weighing in at 346.2 pounds, Johnson ran a 5.31-second 40-yard dash, a 4.97-second 20-yard shuttle, and rep'd 185 pounds 22 times – solid numbers for a 300+ pounder.

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