"I came over really to see the scrimmage and let my dad see the place and really get to know what he thinks about it," the 6-1, 212 Johnson said. "It's also to really see what they are working with for next season. It was good. I really got a good feel for the place and got to see the defense playing and how Coach (Ted) Roof is during practice and the scrimmage.
"He's real into it," he added of Roof. "That's what I like. That's how I practice to. It was real nice."
Naming Auburn his leader going into the weekend trip, many speculated that Johnson could make a decision as early as today. After spending time with Coaches Gene Chizik and Ted Roof, Johnson said he still feels good about the Tigers, but is going to take a little longer to make his final choice.
"Auburn is at the top," Johnson said. "It's really like a family there. The coaches and the players, everybody is real connected and close. With the players there is no separation, everybody is together. You can really tell it's a team and family.
"It just depends on how everything works out," he said of making a decision soon. "We're really going to focus on the season because it's starting soon. We just had a scrimmage game (against Duluth) and in two weeks comes the first game. That's the main focus now."
One of the biggest things Johnson took in was seeing the amount of young talent on defense for the Tigers. Playing the linebacker position he said he was especially excited to see the defensive linemen doing some good things.
"It's a real good defense," Johnson said. "I could really see me fitting in well with the defense. They like to focus on defensive linemen and that's the main thing when you're playing linebacker. You've got to keep those defensive linemen off you."
Looking for a big 2011, it will be tough for the linebacker to repeat what he did last season as a sophomore. Johnson had a huge season for Central Gwinnett in 2010 as he made 152 total tackles with 21 ½ tackles for a loss and seven sacks.
Central Gwinnett opens the season on Aug. 26 against Mountain View High.