Johnson's shining moment came this past spring at the Real Deal On The Hill where he teamed with Brandon McGee to lead the Illinois Warriors to the championship. From then on he became a stronger national recruiting target.
UAB is home of course to new coach Mike Davis. It's also the residence of assistant Tracy Dildy, a Chicago native who first began bringing Windy City talent to the south under Cliff Ellis at Auburn.
Johnson will visit UAB Sept. 23 officially. He said for now he's trusting his gut feeling. "I'm going on instinct. I feel real good about the situation with Coach Davis and Coach Dildy. I feel like they want me here and that's where I want to be. They said I'll get good minutes as a freshman."
Playing time has always been a key for Johnson and the fact that the staff has told him its there for the taking in Conference USA was a big reason why he selected the Blazers.
"Them telling me that I was going to play a lot as a freshman; that was a big number for me. Usually freshmen don't get to play that much. The conference is a really good conference and I'm excited about that."