UNION COUNTY — A rising Union County High School senior has committed to play for the University of North Carolina after he graduates in 2016.
UCHS Yellow Jackets wide receiver Roscoe Johnson committed to UNC after receiving an offer at the end of a grooming session/camp last Wednesday. As a junior, the six-foot-two, 180-pound Johnson caught 50 passes for 800 yards and eight touchdowns. He received offers from UNC, Appalachian State, Elon, North Carolina Central, Charleston Southern and Middle Tennessee State.
Johnson said he believes UNC is a good fit for him.
“They’ve got a lot of players leaving,” he said. “I liked the way Coach (Larry) Fedora and Coach (Gunter) Brewer are coaching. They have an uprising football program.”
Johnson said he has a good connection with Coach Brewer.
“I like the way he coaches,” Johnson said. “He knows his stuff because he has put a lot of good people in the league.”
Johnson received an offer at the end of the camp where he ran a sub-4.4 and completed numerous drills, impressing coaches.
“I guess they liked how I did,” Johnson said. “I think I have a good chance of playing my freshman year.”
Johnson received an offer from Coach Brewer at the conclusion of his visit which included football activities as well as a tour of dorms and classrooms.
Union County’s Coach Steve Taneyhill said Johnson is on a path to success.
“Roscoe has worked hard, and I’m happy for him and his commitment to UNC,” Taneyhill said. “Roscoe has also done a great job academically and put himself in a great position for his future. Now he can just play this season and not worry about where he is going to school.”
Johnson said he is excited to play his final season with the Union County Yellow Jackets this year.
“We’ve been working hard to get our chemistry right,” he said. “Coach Taneyhill is giving seniors more leeway to talk and be leaders. We should be better than we have been the last two years. Hopefully, we will win our first home game against Gaffney, and that will get the ball rolling.”
Johnson said he feels confident about his upcoming senior season.
“I feel good,” he said. “I think we’ve got a real good chance of winning a 3A state championship as long as our chemistry is right and we play to our potential.”
Roscoe Johnson is the son of Sharon Peake, who accompanied him on his visit to UNC.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or email@example.com.