I spent time this morning with Matt Johnson, Charlotte newest quarterback. The 49ers have had quarterbacks before; they ran offenses and fast breaks.
Johnson, a senior at Maiden, wears a helmet. He played on the varsity four seasons and started at quarterback the last three. He's smart, he's courteous and 6-3, can run and pass and really wants to be a 49er.
He visited campus with his parents, Chris and Angelika, in August. Chris And Angelika attended Appalachian State (she transferred to Winthrop as a sophomore) and they thought of Charlotte as a commuter school.
Walking around campus, they changed their mind. Matt wanted to sign that day. His parents asked him to wait.
ESPN.com ranks him as the 65th best prospect in North Carolina. But at the least he's tied for No. 1 in this category -- nobody wants to be a 49er more.