A visitor to Auburn campus on Saturday along with his father, Johnson said after his first two visits he wanted his parents to see his future home.
"I have visited over the summer and got a feel for everything," Johnson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I already really had a love for Auburn after the first camp visit. After the second visit I pretty much knew that's where I wanted to go.
"The last one on Saturday was really to let my dad see everything I had been talking about. He was okay with it and after going home and talking with my mom she was cool with it. I talked to the coaches and they were cool with it. I just went ahead and made it official."
A physical player who camped at Auburn over the summer and has made a pair of visits in the last two months, Johnson said he's felt a connection with the Tigers and Coach Ted Roof since the beginning and he felt like the timing was right for him to make his choice. A former Central Gwinnett player himself, Roof played a big part in the decision said Johnson.
"Coming from the same high school, Coach Roof had a strong hope that he could get me," Johnson said. "After a while I really wanted to play for him after he told me where he wanted me to play in the defense (middle linebacker). After going and spending time with him and seeing how much of a family man he is, I really want to play for him. That was the main thing."
At 6-1, 212 pounds and just entering his junior season, Johnson has a chance to be a very physical middle linebacker down the road for the Tigers and could play easily in the 230-pound range. He said he's excited about the possibilities in the defense down the road.
"They want me to play the Mike linebacker," Johnson said. "That's the main one that makes all the calls. That's the position I want to play. That's where I play right now. I love it. I'm a real student of the game. I love to watch film. That's just the perfect fit for me."
Choosing Auburn over Alabama, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Cal, South Carolina and others, Johnson said he knows the recruiting pressure won't end, but he feels very good about his commitment to the Tigers.
"I'm prepared for it," Johnson said. "I knew Auburn was where I wanted to go and I just wanted to go ahead and get it out of the way. Now I can focus on my high school season and trying to win a state championship."
He made 152 as a sophomore with 21 1/2 stops for a loss and seven quarterback sacks. He opens his junior season on August 26th vs. Mountain View High and while he's looking forward to the 2011 season he's also excited about seeing his first game in Jordan-Hare Stadium this fall.
"I'm going to be over there for the season opener (Utah State on Sept. 3)," Johnson said. "I'll also be over there for the Iron Bowl. I'll be there a lot. People say that you can't really explain seeing a game there; you just have to see it. I'll just have to see what everyone says is so big. All I can say is War Eagle."