At 6-foot-2, 195-pounds, Johnson offered up his commitment to Wake Forest in mid August.
“What made me commit to Wake Forest is back in the summer I went to one of their camps on a bus tour and stopped at Duke, North Carolina State, North Carolina and then we stopped at Wake Forest,” Johnson said.
“I had a pretty good camp, locked up a couple receivers on off man, press man. Since they saw me there they went up to the coaches office and talked for a minute and he offered a scholarship. From that point on I wasn’t hearing from any other schools and planned on pulling the trigger and committing.”
Since verbally announcing his commitment to the Demon Deacons on Aug. 12, Johnson’s stock has risen considerably following a very strong senior season for the Blue Jays.
Helping lead Southfield to a 9-4 finish ending with a 31-7 loss in the state semifinals to Warren (Mich.) De La Salle, the eventual division two state champion.
Johnson’s tag team partner was 2015 three-star wide receiver/defensive back Ray Buford, currently a verbal commitment to Jerry Kill and Minnesota. Despite Johnson’s commitment to Wake Forest, Buford was able to convince Johnson to check out Minneapolis soon.
“It is a winning program and then again you think about a couple years ago they weren’t very good,” Johnson said. “As of right now they’re pretty good so I can see the changes going on and the success of winning going on.
“On top of that my teammate is committed to Minnesota so that would be a really good place if I was able to go there and play with him. I’m looking at a lot of things, I just want to get a chance to get down on campus and check everything out, ask a lot of questions with the players and how they like the coaching staff.”
A major wild card in Johnson’s recruitment has yet to flip over just yet with Jim Harbaugh and Michigan rumored to be dropping by Southfield to meet with Johnson.
Although contact hasn’t been made, Johnson says interest from the Wolverines would at least foster a discussion.
“If they would come out I would just talk it over with my parents and that would be that,” Johnson said. “As of right now I’m just focused on Wake Forest.”
“There is some speculation of Michigan trying to reach out to me,” Johnson added. “But no they have not called me directly or anything like that, haven’t spoken to me or anything like that.
“I think they did talk to one of my coaches. I think they want to come by the school or want to see me; that’s what I know but that’s pretty much it.”
Johnson says he’s being recruited as a safety at the next level but would be open to playing receiver if a school had interest in him playing offense.
Regardless of what happens between he and Michigan, Johnson is already seeing the effect Harbaugh has had on prospects in the state.
“When I saw that it’s kind of like what’s going on at Wake Forest, they’re trying to turn Michigan’s program around. As you can see Michigan’s program has not been as good in recent years.
“Coach Harbaugh coming in as the head coach will really change the program around and basically he’ll put a stamp on the program and it’ll make other recruits come to Michigan.”