The last time that Michael Johnson Jr. visited California was for the Golden Bears' spring game, when he came home with his second scholarship offer, following his first, from Mississippi State. Soon after that visit, Florida State came calling.
While the pomp and circumstance surrounding that game and meeting Jared Goff ruled the day back in spring, on Monday, it was time for Johnson -- whose own fall camp starts on Aug. 5 -- to sink his teeth into the program. The coaches told him they wanted him to come back, and come back he did.
"I met with coach Spav (offensive coordinator Jake Spavital) and then I went into the quarterback meeting, which lasted about 10 or 15 minutes," Jonson said. "I listened to all the stuff they talked about, everything they go through, and then after that, got a tour of the facilities, and then I came back and watched practice."
The visit marked the first time that Johnson, Jr., has watched a college practice.
"It was amazing, actually," Johnson, Jr., said. "The way the music was, the way the energy of practice was, everyone liked it, everyone wanted to be there. Everyone was doing what they love to do."
In all, Johnson and his father -- a former Arizona State quarterback, as well as a former UCLA offensive coordinator, and now the head coach of his son's Sunnyvale (Calif.) King's Academy team -- spent about four and a half hours on campus.
"I liked how coach Spav was straight-up," Johnson, Jr., said. "You could tell that he's really a player's coach. He knows what he's talking about, and he really has everyone's best interests at heart, and wants them all to succeed."
Though Johnson, Jr., hasn't gotten into the details of the new Cal offense, he did note that it bears a lot of similarities to the offense he runs at King's Academy, an offense that saw him set school records with 2,248 passing yards, 25 passing touchdowns, 385 passing yards in a single game, and a 137.4 quarterback rating.
"There was a lot of quick stuff, a lot of run-pass options, stuff that I do at my high school," Johnson said.
"I was in the airport, on the 22nd, more than a week ago," Johnson, Jr., said about the timing of the Wildcats offer. "I was coming back from Florida, right before I got on the plane."null