"I had a frustrating time," Johnson said. "Our team lost in the state semifinals and I was never able to get going consistently. I had an injury that I had to deal with and it prevented me from showing what I can do."
Nonetheless, big-time college programs have come calling.
"A lot of schools are recruiting me and I'm getting ready to take some visits," Johnson said. "This weekend I'm going to USC and UCLA and I'm excited to see both.
"USC has the reputation and everything while UCLA is really on the rise. Both schools have a lot of positives and with their new coach it seems like they will do good in the future."
One of the main schools recruiting Johnson is Arizona and he plans on visiting next month.
"They want me to come down for Junior Day in early April and I plan on going to that," he said.
"These next few months are going to be big for me. That is a reason I didn't do track or anything this season. I'm all in on football. Last season left kind of a bitter taste and I want to go out and show people what I'm all about and how I can take over a game."
Fortunately for any coaching staff, Johnson is not looking to avoid competition.
"Wherever I go I know I'm going to play and practice against good players and that is fine because it will only make me better," Johnson said.
"I would like to play early and I'm going in with that mindset, but I want to earn whatever I get."