A talented 6-3, 240-pounder that helped the Saints to the Class 5A title last season, Johnson said the offer from Auburn came as a surprise to him and was the one he’s always hoped for. For that offer to be first made it even more special to him.
“The coaches showed a lot of interest when I went up there on my junior day visit,” Johnson said. “Being that was my childhood school and favorite team, I never thought that would be my first offer. That just made it even better.
“It was really surprised,” he added of the offer. “It was a dream come true.”
Getting the news of his offer from St. Paul’s Coach Steve Mask, Johnson said the Tigers have always been on his mind since he first started watching football. Now with Coach Will Muschamp on the Plains, the defensive lineman said everything about Auburn stands out to him.
“I got to go to my first junior day and talk to all of the coaches,” Johnson said of his trip. “I asked them what I needed to work on. I talked to Coach Muschamp and he was talking about how he wanted me to come up there and play on his defense.
“That just made the whole thing even better,” he added. “He’s one of the top defensive coaches in the country. Him saying that he wanted me to come play for his defense, that was a shock also because it let me know that I can actually do this.”
In addition to his offer from Auburn, Johnson said he was very happy about getting an offer from David Cutcliffe and Duke. A program that has gained a foothold in the ACC in the last few seasons, the Blue Devils have the attention of Johnson with the offer.
“Their football program is on the rise,” Johnson said. “The last few years they’ve been 10-3 or better. That’s good for them. Then you have the academics as well, it’s a top university.”
Saying that Auburn is at the top early for him, Johnson said he’s still very much wide open and doesn’t plan on making a decision anytime soon. With still two full years left before he has to sign he said he wants to go through the whole process and experience it for himself.