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Jake Johnson Q&A: Bolstering UNC’s Strong TE Room

UNC’s highest-rated transfer portal commitment spoke with the local media for the first time last week.

Jake Johnson appeared in front of local media for the first time last week and took reporters on his journey from Texas A&M to North Carolina in a wide-ranging interview.

The 6-foot-6, 240-pound tight end appeared in all 12 of the Aggies’ games as a sophomore this past season and finished with 24 grabs for 235 yards and four touchdowns. Coming out of Watkinsville (Ga.) Oconee County High in the class of 2022, the 247Sports Composite rated Johnson the nation’s No. 1 tight end and No. 95 overall recruit. He is now rated as the No. 4 tight end and No. 46 overall prospect in the portal and has three years of eligibility left.

Johnson left College Station three weeks after his brother, quarterback Max Johnson, settled on UNC. Their father, Brad, played quarterback in the NFL and was the starting QB for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when the team won Super Bowl XXXVII. Their mother, Nikki, is the sister of former Georgia and Miami coach and current ACC analyst Mark Richt.

Jake Johnson Q&A: Bolstering UNC's Strong TE Room

Watch and read what the new UNC tight end said when speaking to the local media for the first time:


“Me and Max want to play together but he’s been in college for four years and I’ve been here for two. At the end of the day, we have to do what’s best for us. When I was going to the transfer portal, I felt like this was the best fit for me. There’s a great tight end room and great strength coaches. You’ve got a Hall of Fame head coach in Mack Brown. Coach Chip Lindsey does a great job with the offense and moves the tight ends around. Max is going to do what’s best for him, and it turns out that this was the best fit for him as well.”

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