Now the 6-foot-8, 310-pound tackle, who saw plenty of action on the offensive front for the Cavaliers as a true freshman, is trying to get back to playing in the ACC.
"I know I can compete for a starting spot no matter where I go though," he told Scout.com's Yancy Porter. "I can play at that level. I played as a true freshman in the ACC and held my own."
Johnson has already made official visits with Kansas and South Florida. This weekend he'll trip to Louisville and continues to entertain the possibility of visiting Ole Miss, East Carolina and Kentucky.
"I'm going to Louisville this weekend and a lot with depend on that visit goes," Johnson told Cardinal Authority. "I'm looking for the right situation. How I would fit in with the program, get a feel for the team, the weight program and the coaching staff."
With two more years of eligibility, Johnson wants the type of situation that will provide him the opportunity to play immediately.
While the need for help along the Cardinals offensive line and while other visits remain a strong possibility, Johnson admitted that he could make a decision shortly after his weekend visit.
"I've been thinking about that," said Johnson, who earned All-Conference honors at ASA last season. "I want to be on the field. I want to be able to make a difference wherever I decide to go."