Johnson, a captain on the West Valley High School (Fairbanks, Alaska), has good size (6-2, 255) and speed (5.2 forty). Johnson, who is also capable of benching 320 pounds, was also recruited by Dartmouth, Yale, Harvard, Amherst College, and several other smaller schools. After his senior season, Johnson was selected All Northern Lights-Rail belt Conference Second Team, and was selected to play in the All-Alaska Shriners game. The big lineman was selected as a team captain both his junior and senior seasons.
When asked why he chose Army, Johnson indicated that the tradition of Army and great coaching staff played a key role in his decision, "I have wanted to attend West Point for as long as I can remember; it has always been a goal of mine. Above all the quality of education attracted me to USMA. Also, being able to play football with such a great coaching staff, in a great facility, with such an amazing tradition inspires me. I hope to play center at West Point, but I am confident the coaches will put me where I can help the team most and that is my ultimate goal."
Johnson also wrestled and played basketball at West Valley. He will go directly to West Point.