Their initial meeting was back in middle school.
"We've been rivals ever since," Johnson told CUTigers after Williams' commitment ceremony at Lake Marion High School.
The rivalry has been forged over the last several years. But it didn't take nearly that long before it became friendly.
"I started talking to my momma about him. I actually found out that he was my cousin," Johnson said.
They've grown closer over the years, but the relationship was put to the test over the last several months as Williams mulled over his offers from Clemson and South Carolina.
Johnson, who's been committed to Clemson since early March, stayed in Williams' ear.
"Every day I was texting him, calling him, telling him to make that decision, ‘Pick that orange and white.' It worked out," Johnson said.
Fortunately, for Johnson and everyone else who aligns themselves with the orange and white, it worked out. But Johnson had to wait until Tuesday afternoon's announcement ceremony to know for sure.
"He wouldn't tell me, but I kind of knew he was going to choose," Johnson said.
The three-star safety is happy to have another four-star wide receiver with him in the Tigers' class of 2013.
"I'm happy. I'm happy for him. I'm happy for the whole Clemson family," Johnson said. "I'm just happy that he wants to go down in history with us."
Old rivals to team up at Clemson
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