"They're all good programs from a tight end perspective," Johnson said. "I'm trying to figure out which one can utilize me the best and help me the most in the future."
Johnson visited Cincinnati over the weekend and has trips set to Missouri (Jan. 18) and Rutgers (Jan. 25). A decision, he said, should be expected shortly after he returns home from New Jersey.
"It's going to be close to Signing Day," Johnson said. "I have no idea between those three. … And there are other schools, but those are the main three I like."
Rutgers has two tight ends committed in the class of 2013, but a relationship with Johnson dating back two years stands out to the 6-foot-2. 235-pound prospect.
"I've been talking to Rutgers since my sophomore year," Johnson said. "I have a good relationship with [tight ends] coach [Darnell] Dinkins. We talk every week. I know all their coaches and everything."
Johnson named 1-on-1 time with Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood, a trip to New York and the chance to talk X's and O's as his top expectations for visiting the program in two weeks.
"They don't have a lot of tight ends right now, but it's an important role in their offense," Johnson said. "They use tight end really well and in different ways with standing up and blocking."
"It was pretty good," he said. "I did all of the meeting players and coaches and stuff. I think the new coaches are still getting a feel for each other but they seemed good. They're going to make you work for everything and we talked about a lot of that and how I could be used in their system."