"It was great," Johnson said. "The excitement they bring, I fit into it. The family part is big for me. I really enjoyed being around a whole bunch of people who give that feeling to me. The whole athletic department, the academics, the way they set up the sessions for athletes, that's great. It would help me learn more. I just enjoyed the day."
Making his first visit to see Auburn's campus and facilities other than being at a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Johnson said one of the things that attracted him to the Tigers was watching Cam Newton and the success of the 2010 BCS National Champions.
"He was just the man," Johnson said of Newton. "He's just a full grown man. Me watching him, the difference between me and him is that he's a runner. I'm just a thrower. I sit in the pocket and throw. I'm not a runner unless I have to. What they run is similar to what we run in high school, the spread to open up the run. I would basically fit in."
With schools such as Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Penn State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia Tech and LSU already showing him attention, Johnson has a chance to be one of the most highly coveted quarterbacks in the nation next year. He said for him it kind of came from one performance in the summer.
"I wasn't even expecting it myself," Johnson said. "When we went to the 7 on 7 (Hoover) last year that's when it all started."
Leading his team to the championship in the Hoover 7-on-7 National Tournament over teams such as Kiehl Frazier's Shiloh Christian squad and others, Johnson showed that he was going to be a force for the Wolverines in 2010.
He was just that as his team advanced to the playoffs their first season back in 6A and won at Auburn in the playoffs before falling in the second round. Despite missing a game because of a sprained ankle, he threw for 2,700 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Admitting he has grown up an Alabama fan, Johnson said the play of Newton last year has him very interested in both schools. He noted that when it's time to make a decision his feelings will go out the window and he'll make the best decision for him
"This is business," Johnson said. "I'm following my dream. Being a fan is being a fan, but when it comes down to me it's just my decision. I have to live it and that's what I'll do."