In early November, Jacksonville (Fla.) Ed White offensive guard Kaleb Johnson took his first official visit. He and his mother travelled to Chapel Hill to check out the University of North Carolina. Johnson came away impressed with what he saw at the Atlantic Coast Conference program.
"It was real nice," Johnson said. "I got a chance to meet a couple of the coaches. I hung out with the players. It was real cool."
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman talked a bit about what the coaching staff of the Tar Heels was telling him about where he fits in with their program.
"They were just telling me I would fit good into their program with the other guys that they have got and the recruits they have coming in," Johnson said. "They told me they want me at a guard spot. They said that my type of play is what they like."
He also had an opportunity to tour the campus and see the facilities for student-athletes.
"It was real nice," Johnson said. "A lot of stuff to do. It was cool."
Since the visit to North Carolina, Johnson has remained off the road. He plans to get back out to see more schools and currently knows of two destinations.
"I haven't yet," Johnson said. "I am supposed to be going to Rutgers on (December) 10th. I am going to South Carolina in January."
In addition to the trio of North Carolina, Rutgers, and South Carolina, Johnson said that Arkansas and Louisville remain in the picture and he intends to take official visits to see them as well.
At this point, Johnson doesn't claim a leader but admits that North Carolina has put themselves in a good position with a positive visit.
"It kind of puts them up there," Johnson said. "I just have to take a few other visits and see what else is out there."
Johnson expects a visit from a member of the Southern Miss coaching staff later this week.