North Carolina recruiting: Point guard Meechie Johnson interested in Tar Heels
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Freshman PG Meechie Johnson interested in Tar Heels
North Carolina’s staff knows the way to Garfield Heights High School in Cleveland.
That’s where the Tar Heels staff pursued, although never offered, 5-star Class of 2019 power forward Alonzo Gaffney. That trail proved fruitless after Gaffney committed to Ohio State in April, but it looks like North Carolina may have a reason to go back.
In an interview with 247Sports’ Steve Helwagen, Garfield Heights’ Class of 2021 point guard Meechie Johnson indicated that North Carolina is among the schools that he’s interested in, along with Ohio State, Florida, Michigan State and Kentucky.
While most schools are barely thinking about 2021 prospects, Johnson already has 11 offers. Those include Louisville, Ohio State and UNLV.
Johnson is likely to be among the top point guards once the 2021 rankings start to trickle out. As a freshman, he averaged about 16 points per game. That included a stellar 50-point performance against Benedictine, which was the No. 4 team in the state at the time.
North Carolina hasn’t put much effort forth here, though it’s still incredibly early. Ohio State does have a lead though and is No. 1 on his list of schools, as he told Helwagen.
Ohio State grad transfer will visit UNC
North Carolina had itself a strong quarterback class in 2018 with 4-star dual-threat prospect Jace Ruder and 3-star pro-style quarterback Cade Fortin.
It looks like that group could become a trio.
North Carolina has expressed interested in Ohio State graduate transfer quarterback Joe Burrow.
On Tuesday, 247Sports’ Shea Dixon reported that North Carolina had expressed a desire to host Burrow, though at that time no visit was imminent. Later Tuesday, Tar Heel Illustrated of the Rivals network tweeted that Burrow will visit “this week.”
— Tar Heel Illustrated (@HeelIllustrated) May 15, 2018
North Carolina will be the third visit for the former 4-star prospect from Athens (The Plains, Ohio) High. He visited Cincinnati on an unofficial visit Thursday and spent the entire weekend at LSU on an official visit.
The visit will be significant because, according to Dixon’s sources, Burrow was close to a decision between LSU and Cincinnati with one coming as soon as this week. The Tar Heels will, at the very least, get a chance to insert themselves into that decision before it’s made.
Burrow is the second Ohio State grad transfer to receive interest from North Carolina. Running back Antonio Williams committed to North Carolina in April after announcing his transfer from Ohio State.
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