Brice Johnson played his recruitment close to the vest the entire time, not giving out too many hints or bringing too much attention upon himself.
It ended in similar fashion, with a simple tweet on Wednesday morning.
“I will be a UNC Tar Heel,” Johnson tweeted. “Thanks for all the support…..#TarHeel Nation.”
Johnson chose North Carolina over Florida and North Carolina State, with Clemson also in the mix down the stretch.
Prior to the summer, Clemson and South Carolina were two of the only high-major schools in contention for Johnson’s services. However, after his breakout performance at the Peach Jam in July, several ACC and SEC schools came knocking at his door. Johnson took three official visits, to North Carolina, Florida and NC State, deciding to announce his commitment prior to his Clemson trip.
Johnson, ranked No. 29 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100, is a long and athletic big man who blocks shots as well as anyone in the class and can run the floor very well. He improved his face-up game during the summer, and had one high-major head coach calling him a future lottery pick.
He joins Marcus Paige, J.P. Tokoto and Joel James in North Carolina’s 2012 class.