April 21, 2012
Johnson shines at combine
Mebane, NC - Kannapolis (NC) Brown wide receiver Keeon Johnson is an emerging talent, and he showcased his athleticism Saturday, April 21 in the Shrine Bowl Combine at Eastern Alamance.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Johnson ran a 4.37 and a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash, bench-pressed 185 pounds 19 times and recorded one of the best vertical leaps with a 37.2-inch leap.
Johnson said he was out there to do his best and see what he could get. What he had going into the event was seven scholarship offers and a three-star rating by Rivals.com.
He has visited NC State, Virginia, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Wake Forest, and plans to check out Duke soon. Johnson added that Notre Dame, UNC and Virginia are showing the most interest.
"I've only been to Notre Dame one time," Johnson said. "They left a pretty big impression. There were only I think three recruits there. They talked to us basically the whole day, so it was a good up-close experience."
"Carolina, I'm alright with them. I'm basically wherever I am with any other school, just kind of ride it out to which school I need to be at before I make a decision."
Johnson added he wants to attend a school where he feels at home and connects well with the coaches. He also said he feels the strongest bonds with the Fighting Irish and the Tar Heels.
This summer Johnson plans to attend a one-day football camp at UNC and may visit Virginia.
He plans to take his official visits to North Carolina, Virginia, East Carolina and Wake Forest. That leaves one more left open for him to choose.
Johnson was in Winston-Salem for Wake Forest's 35-30 victory against Florida State last season.
Lonnie Galloway is recruiting Johnson for the Demon Deacons.
"He's [Galloway] pretty cool," Johnson said. "The first time I met him it seemed like we knew each other. We talked over different things, and he knew a couple people from my town."
Johnson caught more than 40 passes for over 800 yards and 14 touchdowns last season to help lead Brown to the third round of the state playoffs and a 12-2 finish.
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