The 6-foot-3, 280-pound offensive lineman committed to the Black Knights on December 22nd, 2014, to Army recruiting coordinator Tucker Waugh.
"Ever since I was a little kid I've been interested in military service. To get the opportunity to do that at a place like West Point is unbelievable. I'll get to play top-of-the-line D-1 football and, after four years in college, then be able to serve my country. It's a dream come true for me."
Michael Johnson chose Army over his other two finalists; Western Illinois and Drake. "After watching my film, Coach Waugh said they love that I'm a tenacious run blocker. Since Army is a school that will be running the ball predominately with their triple option attack, they feel like I'm well-suited for the offense. They're saying I'll probably play center, a position I haven't played in high school, but I'm certainly willing to go in and learn."
Johnson started the season at left tackle but moved to left guard in week three at Hinsdale Central, located in a a western suburb of Chicago. In his senior season, Johnson led his team to an 8-3 record and to the second round of the Illinois 8A playoffs. At the post-season award banquet, Johnson picked up All-Area honorable mention and was named a team captain. He is the the son of Camille and Jerry Johnson. Johnson said he will, most likely, begin at USMAPS.