Michael Johnson Jr. has been around quarterbacks his whole life. The 2019 signal caller for Sunnyvale (Calif.) The King's Academy is the son of Michael Johnson, Sr., who was not only a quarterback at Arizona State, but has coached quarterbacks at Oregon State, with the Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers and the San Francisco 49ers. He served as the offensive coordinator for the 49ers, and has been a college offensive coordinator with UCLA. When it comes to quarterbacking, Johnson, Jr., is ahead of the curve, but he was still star struck when he saw Jared Goff on the field before Saturday's California spring game.
"Jared's a really down-to-earth guy, and he came up to me, and you can tell that he is very humble, by the way he carries himself," Johnson said. "That's the guy I'll always look up to. He went to college half an hour away from where I live, so I watched him play a couple times. Jared's a great guy. At first, I heard that he had a workout with the Cowboys, earlier, so I asked the OC if he was going to come to the game. I was saying, 'Is Jared here? Is Jared here?' All of the sudden, Jared comes up to me, and says, 'Hi, I'm Jared.'
"He introduced himself, and we took a quick picture, because it was towards the end of warm-ups, so we had to get off the field," Johnson said.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1661619-stovall-a-special-... Goff, Johnson said, was "a little shocked" that the 6-foot-3, 175-pounder was just a freshman, and judging by his build, his film and the way he carries himself, that's not too hard to believe.
Last season, Johnson earned all-league honors, was named the Daily News Newcomer of the Year, the Central Coast Section Freshman of the Year, set school records with 2,248 passing yards, 25 passing touchdowns, 385 passing yards in a single game, and a 137.4 quarterback rating. He only threw three interceptions -- all in the last game.
He also rushed 69 times for 358 yards and four touchdowns. Watching Cal's spring game on Saturday, the Bears' 2019 offeree saw a lot to like. Johnson hadn't been to the campus before, as a recruit -- he'd been to one basketball game before -- and the Bears didn't disappoint.
"I really liked the offense," Johnson said. "I think it would be a really good fit for me. And, it was a really exciting spring game. It's a lot more exciting than most spring games. That was a really interesting spring game that they put on."
"It was very humbling," Johnson said of the offer. "I was obviously honored to be the first one [in the 2019 class]. They said that, 'We really want you, and it's not common that we offer someone as young as you,' and that really meant a lot to me. I'll always remember that."
With his father a veteran of both the college and pro coaching ranks, Johnson has never been at a lack for good tips, especially now that his father is his head coach at The King's Academy. But, that transient lifestyle has meant that Johnson has seen his fair share of football in different markets.
"I liked Texas when Vince Young was there, Auburn when Cam Newton was there, I liked Baylor when RGIII was there, things like that," he said. "And, Cal, when Goff was there. I was really rooting for them to win the Pac-12 this year."
Given that he and his father have found a somewhat permanent home in the Bay Area, Johnson plans on visiting Cal again, soon.
"The coaches were talking to me about how they want me to come back so we can have more one-on-one time, talk some football, go over academics and all that stuff, and I'll definitely be back," Johnson said.