Johnson, a three-star recruit from Miami (FL) Southridge, committed to the Rebels this summer, but told Scout.com he's still considering Louisville, LSU, Minnesota, and West Virginia and plans to take some official visits before solidifying his decision.
"Right now I'm verbally [committed], but I'm open to all other schools," Johnson told Scout.com south recruiting manager Chad Simmons. "I'm looking forward to visiting other places and seeing what they can offer besides Ole Miss."
Johnson is expected to make his first official visit to Louisville this weekend. Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt, a former coach at Miami, has been working Johnson for the Cardinals and checked in on him last month during Louisville's bye-week. What stands out about Louisville?
"The coaches," Johnson said. "They're always talking about what they can offer me – the playing time I could get next year – and just treating me like a son. That stands out to me because Ole Miss is always talking about what I can do to help them, but they never told me what they can do to help me. So I'm going to give Louisville a shot and see what they talk about."
What would it take to change Johnson's mind? Is it going to be a hard sell for schools like Louisville, LSU, West Virginia and Minnesota?
"Not really," Johnson said. "I don't know what's going to happen but I'm still looking at all the other schools."
"The atmosphere [will be a major factor]," Johnson added. "I've got to feel comfortable with the town, the fans, the team. Everything has got to feel right to me. If not it's not the place I should be."
Gerrod Holliman, Johnson's high school teammate, is also expected to visit Louisville this weekend. Holliman, who also is committed to Mississippi, is a four-star safety prospect.