At the Dallas Scout.com Combine in late March, a tall, strong Arp Texas wideout made the All-Combine…
"Right now, I'd have to say my top schools are Michigan, A&M, Oklahoma State, Florida and USC, in no real order," said Johnson, who finished his junior season with 38 catches for 1030 yards and 13 touchdowns.
"They've all offered except USC. If USC offered I'd have to really think on that....it would change things up, that's for sure.
"I used to act like a Trojan when I was a little kid," he added. "They've always been one of my favorite teams. I had the sword and the hat and I used to march around the house. I've wanted to be a Trojan since I can remember.
"A lot of good receivers come out of SC and I know they're losing some this year and next.. I've been out to California and I think it's great. We just sent them some tape and I know my coach (Dale Erwin) has talked with them. I know I'll hear something when they watch my tape.
Johnson says he received his verbal offer from the Gators on Monday (April 23). "My coach called me into his office and said he just got a call and it was great news," Johnson said. "Then he told me that Florida was offering and I thought he was joking at first, but he wasn't!
"Coach (Billy) Gonzales told my coach they offered me straight off my tape. I was like ‘Wow, what the heck did I do on that tape that was so spectacular?'"
I'm just so amazed about it still," he said. "They are the national champs. I've been getting a lot of text messages from them lately. Coach Gonzales is coming down to see me in a couple of weeks. I think I'm going to take an official (visit) there this summer.
"Michigan offered a couple of weeks ago," Johnson said. "That was definitely not expected. It totally took me by surprise. I got a text to call Michigan and when I did Coach (Lloyd) Carr got on the phone and offered me personally. I was blown away!
"He told me he liked what he saw on my film and could see me playing for Michigan," Johnson said. "He said they'll be coming down to my school on May 15 to see me."
Johnson says that the Aggies definitely have a hometown advantage. "A&M is great. I love it there. They offered me on their junior day in January. That was another surprise for me. I was walking around and Coach (Jim Bob) Helduser (offensive line) pulled me aside and said they wanted to offer me. My parents and I went into Coach (Dennis) Franchione's office and he said I had the offer.
"I've could have signed right then and there," he added. "The paper (offer) was right in front of me. I was so excited. But my mom convinced me to wait, that I should explore my options first. Now I'm glad I did wait.
"I know I could fit in there really nice. I know College Station like the back of my hand. I just feel really comfortable there. Everyone is really cool there. I really like all the coaches too. Most of my town is Aggie fans, so everyone really wants me to go there. The local thing is tempting.
"Oklahoma State is right there too," said Johnson, who claims to bench 225 pounds, squat 325 and power clean 215. "They talk real good and they've got a good thing going on there.
"I got the offer about two weeks ago. I was really happy. There is something special about that program. They're going big soon. It's definitely a good place to play ball.
"I talk with Coach (Joe) Wickline (offensive line) a lot. We're always texting. He says I'm their wide-out and as soon as I get there, I'll get on the field. I wouldn't mind wearing the Orange and White."
Johnson, who turned in a 4.6 forty time at the Scout.com Dallas combine last month, says he wants to commit sooner rather than later — by the end of the school year or summer. "I really just want to get things done and out of the way so I can concentrate on next season without any distractions.
"My leaping ability is my biggest strength," Johnson said. "I have a way of getting guys off-balance too. I need to work on my footwork. I need to get faster.
Johnson claims a 2.8 core GPA and is awaiting his April 14 ACT results.