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Clemson, other top programs tracking North Carolina corner

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High Point (N.C.) Southwest Guilford cornerback Nolan Johnson notched his first offers following a breakout sophomore season in 2015, and a slew of others are pursuing him after continued success as a junior.

Johnson, a three-star prospect in the 2018 class with offers from East Carolina and Maryland, registered 41 tackles, 10 pass breakups, three interceptions and a forced fumble this season.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder is also attracting interest from Georgia, Florida State, Louisville, LSU, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame and Wake Forest among other schools.

Johnson hopes to hear from Clemson and has reason to believe he will.

“I’d love to hear from them,” Johnson said. “(Clemson defensive backs coach) Mike Reed followed me (on Twitter) not too long ago, so hopefully I’ll hear from them soon.”

Clemson is an appealing potential option for Johnson.

“I like the tradition, the unity, the coaching staff,” Johnson said, “and it just looks like a nice and fun place to be.”

A long and physical corner, Johnson fits the prototype Clemson likes to target on the recruiting trail.

What does Johnson believe he can contribute as a corner at the next level?

“A lockdown corner, physicality and aggression,” he said.

Johnson saw Clemson in action last Saturday during his visit to Wake Forest. Johnson’s former teammate at Southwest Guilford, Jeremiah Brown, is a freshman wide receiver for the Demon Deacons.

“Other than the weather I enjoyed myself,” Johnson said of the visit. “It was nice getting to see my old teammate and catch back up with the coaches.”

Johnson has also visited Duke, East Carolina, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech this season.

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