ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The North Carolina Tar Heels have almost completed their 2005 recruiting class and have not even taken a snap this fall or had an official visitor on campus. One of the backbones of the Tar Heel class is Asheville, N.C. running back Johnny White.
"I have been down there three times already," White said. "I just like it more and more every time I go down there. The atmosphere and the feel of the school are just great. I feel like I fit in real well with the environment and the people there."
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound White runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, has a 295-pound bench press and 415-pound squat.
"The running backs coach at North Carolina recruited me, so that was a big plus since my position coach was doing the recruiting," White said. "I have talked to coach Bunting and he's a real nice guy and I like him a lot. He'll shoot straight with you and I like that."
As a junior White rushed for 2,200 yards and 39 touchdowns. He is ranked as the No. 12 prospect in the state of North Carolina by Rivals.com.
"I am more of a balanced back that can get you in several different ways," White said. "I have good hands, so I can be a threat to catch the ball, I have good speed so I can be a homerun threat and I also block well."
Though White says he is firmly committed to North Carolina, Tar Heel fans may want to keep an eye on him over the next few months.
"There is still a chance I could take some official visits," White said. "I am looking at possibly taking visits to Wake Forest, Clemson, Tennessee and Virginia. I am committed to North Carolina, but sometimes you need the visits just to be sure."