Auburn was the first school to offer the 6-3, 325 Johnson last summer and since that time he has made a pair of visits back to the Plains. The two most recent were for the Iron Bowl win over Alabama and Big Cat Weekend when Johnson got the opportunity to spend time with the Auburn coaches in a more relaxed setting. Leaving saying Auburn “felt like home”, Johnson has focused on his upcoming senior season for much of the summer.
A physical defensive lineman, Johnson has become a leader for the Golden Bears since last season. Working on his conditioning, he has trimmed down from as much as 360 pounds in his freshman season when he had shoulder surgery and in turn has become a more explosive defender for Coach Brad Wallace.
Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Johnson is the No. 28 defensive tackle prospect in the country for 2015. As a junior he recorded 79 tackles and also added 10 rushing touchdowns as a short yardage back.