"I think he can be a big-time player. The people who understand his full potential are the coaches and players. His talent has been basically overlooked by fans and the media. That will come after he starts this year and shows everybody what he can do," Micah Johnson said. "He's a hard worker. He knows how hard he has to work to be successful, and he does it. A lot of people have overlooked him, but he's going to be an outstanding lineman."
He's also a huge influence for his younger brother. "I've always watched him and all I wanted to do when I was little was play football with him and my other brother. I watched him become a big-time college prospect and how he did it. It was easy for me to follow his footsteps because he was a good example of a hard worker.
"He also knows with being the older brother, he can't just tell me what I want to hear and what everybody else is saying. He tells me to stay level headed and that it won't be any cakewalk for me when I get to Kentucky and that I won't just walk in and start. He tells me it won't be easy. He wants me to know where I stand, and I appreciate that."
He also admired the way his brother never tried to pressure him to come to Kentucky. "He never forced Kentucky on me. Neither did the coaching staff, and that was big for me," Micah Johnson said. "They all felt like the school would sell itself, and it did. A lot of big-time schools recruiting me threw their success in my face and put down other schools. Christian never did that. He wanted me to take some visits. I knew he wanted me at Kentucky, but he never pressured me."
And did all the recruiting attention he received ever upset his brother? "It didn't bother anybody in our family. We are all happy for success. He knows his time is coming and he was happy for me. He will shine because he is a great offensive linemen. He's going to turn out to be one of best in the SEC.
"If you luck up and get something, then people could be jealous. But he knows how hard I work and how much I put into football. He does the same. We have the same drive and put in the same effort. We were raised to work for what we get and we both do that and always will."