Three-star defensive end Tyree Johnson released his top 12 over the weekend, and his list included North Carolina. Among the other schools were Maryland, Miami, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Iowa, Tennessee, Missouri, and Pitt.
The six-foot-three, 247-pounder is considered No. 567 in 247 Sports’ national composite. He is also the No. 31 weak-side defensive end in the 2017 class and the fourth-best prospect to come out of the Washington DC area.
Already known for his solid frame, Johnson added 25 pounds last year, but maintained the versatility that allowed him to rush for 142 yards the year before. Brian Dohn of Scout.com had plenty to say about him:
He gets off the ball well and is physical. He plays fast, and he closes on the ball carrier. He needs to develop more technique so he can vary his movement in getting to the backfield, but he has fast-twitch muscles to accelerate at the snap. He is a former linebacker, and he has the athleticism to drop into coverage and play in space.
When it comes to recruitment, it would appear that Maryland has the leg up over the rest of the competition. Aside from being relatively local, two of the school’s top recruits–quarterback Kasim Hill and defensive tackle Cam Spence–are Johnson’s high school teammates at St. John’s College High School. Because of this, the crystal ball at 247 Sports predicts that Maryland is 60% likely to land him.
North Carolina made their offer in February, but Johnson has yet to set a date for his decision, or even give indication as to when he will cut his list down. Most players are farther along in the process at this point, so it seems he is taking his time with this decision.