2017 Sacramento (Calif.) Burbank four-star defensive end D.J. Johnson opens up about his relationship with Michigan, visit plans.

2017 Sacramento (Calif.) Burbank four-star defensive end D.J. Johnson opens up about his relationship with Michigan, visit plans.

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Summer break doesn't exactly always mean vacation time, particularly for 2017 Sacramento (Calif.) Burbank four-star defensive end D.J. Johnson.

"I've been doing summer workouts with my team," Johnson told The Michigan Insider. "At 9 a.m. I wake up and go work out with my team and we do 7-on-7's to get extra work in."

Recently making his way to one of Michigan's satellite camps out on the west coast, Johnson says he's very intrigued by what the Wolverines offer.

"That's a team that has an attack defense, which is how I like to play," he said.

"Coach Jay (Harbaugh) and Coach (Greg) Mattison, those two guys are good guys that I vibe with," added Johnson.

With Jim Harbaugh in attendance, sporting yet another jersey of course, Johnson's familiarity and appreciation for the former NFL coach runs deep.

"I followed the 49ers a little bit when they played and they were good, I know they went to the Super Bowl," Johnson said. 

"He was a great coach on that level so for him to come down it shouldn't be hard for him to have success on this level either and he's getting a lot of great players to go to the school. Pretty good coach, pretty good guy."

Holding offers from all over the country, Johnson says distance from home won't be much of a factor.

"No, not really," he said. "I have schools like Michigan and Miami that are kind of far from home that are not really a problem for me talking about those schools."

Still a ways away from making a decision, likely after the season according to Johnson himself, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound pass rusher knows exactly what the major factors will be in that choice.

"The defense that matches me," Johnson said. "I like to attack. I don't like really catching so I like to attack. 

"Comfort level, the area, the team, the player's attitude toward football because I love football so do they think like I think? The coaches, just connect with me and if we have a good relationship."

Thousands of miles from Ann Arbor, Johnson plans to make the trek to see Michigan's campus at some point this fall.

"Michigan is one of the teams I most likely will have an official visit for so I'll just pick a game and check it out."


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