Johnson, a three-star cornerback, and Holliman, a four-star safety, got an up close look at Charlie Strong's Louisville program this weekend, and came away highly impressed with the Cardinals.
"I loved it from the moment I got off the plane and I knew it felt right," Johnson said. "They took me around the city, I met all the players and coaches and the atmosphere at the game was great. I felt like I could play there for four years."
"I'm still verbally committed to Ole Miss," Johnson said. "I'm still open to other schools. Louisville showed me a lot and caught my eye. I don't know what's going to happen in the future."
"[Ole Miss] is still my No. 1 choice right now, but Louisville is now in the picture," Holliman added. "I've just got to see how our two last visits are."
How seriously is the talented duo considering Louisville?
"Pretty seriously," Johnson said. "We talked about it today when we got back to Miami. We were like, 'If everything goes right with Louisville that's where we might end up at.' He really enjoyed himself."
"I liked the atmosphere at Louisville," Holliman stated. "We had a fun time there and it's somewhere I feel I can be [for college]."
Johnson said he and Holliman believe they can make an immediate impact at Louisville as freshmen next season, a big selling point in the Cardinals favor. "They're rebuilding their program and they're starting over with the new coaching staff. They're getting a lot of good players in our recruiting class and we have a great chance to play as true freshmen."
"They gave up a couple big plays and I think I could come in and start right away," Holliman added.
Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt has strong ties to Miami and is working on the duo for Strong's program. Johnson and Holliman also are familiar with Strong from his days at Florida and felt at home around the Cardinals players from Florida.
Next up for Johnson and Holliman is a visit to West Virginia on Nov. 13 when they play Cincinnati. After their visit to WVU, they'll visit Ole Miss for the season finale against Mississippi State. Holliman said Ole Miss, Louisville and West Virginia, along with Cincinnati, are the top schools under consideration.
Johnson said the chance to play right away will factor heavily into his and Johnson's decision.
"I want to play for a team that can help me get to the NFL and a school with a good business school," Johnson said. "Louisville is ranked nationally with their business school and Coach [Vance] Bedford has coached Charles Woodson and Joe Haden. If he got them to the NFL I know I've got a great chance of going."