"I committed to Michigan," Johnson told GoBlueWolverine.com just moments ago.
"I came to the decision actually today after giving it long thought."
"The (Michigan) coaches were happy," he continued. "Coach Fred Jackson said, ‘It's about time you decided to come!'"
Johnson had planned to prolong the recruiting process so he could visit the campuses of other strong pursuers like Minnesota and Utah while also allowing other interested suitors to enter the fray. The tipping point was an official visit to Ann Arbor that showed him everything he desired in a school.
"The coaches, the environment... everything," said Johnson regarding what allowed Michigan to finish above all the rest. "The recruits coming in with me... Ricardo Miller, Stephen Hopkins, Kenny Wilkins... those are guys I really talk to. I just enjoyed it. They made me feel at home. My mother was actually excited. She wanted me to go. A couple of friends were a little mad. They didn't want me to leave… but I've got to do what's best for me."
One of the most desirable aspects of Michigan is the chance to come in and make an impact right away… and make no mistake… Johnson believes he is an impact player.
"I'm the first from my family to really play college ball, he said. "I want to come up there and play some football. I make plays. That's what I do. I go for the ball and I hit you if you come down with it."
The 6-1, 190-pounder has been one of the key hitters on a defense that has been stifling this season, holding opponents to a paltry 8.3 points per game. That stat is even more impressive when one takes into account that Rummel is a 5A school, the highest level of competition in Louisiana.
"We've got our last game of the season coming up," Johnson stated. "We're 9-0 right now and we play in the district championship Saturday at 2:00."