"I am still a little bothered by it and down a little, but I will work hard to get back, and to do well. I know I can do it."
Plenty of college coaches know he can do it too.
None of the colleges that were in pursuit of Johnson before the injury have backed off, but there has been a change in his recruitment.
"I am not going to be graduating in December anymore, so I will have time to take more visits, and to make a later decision if I want to.
"I talked to adviser last week and I found out that I would be a May graduate, then I would be enrolling at another school in June.
The 6-foot-3, 296 pound defensive lineman out of Hutchinson Community College in Kansas thought he would have to make a decision in the coming weeks, but he now has more time if needed.
"I do not know when I will commit now. It could still be soon, but it may not. Once I commit to someone though, I will not be visiting anymore schools," said the four-star on Scout.
His next visit is this weekend to Georgia.
"I am from Georgia, so I am looking forward to visiting them, and getting back over there.
"They have been recruiting me for a long time and I have a great relationship with Coach [Rodney] Garner and Coach [Mark] Richt.
"I will be getting out there on Friday, then flying back on Sunday."
After the visit to Athens, who could Johnson visit?
"Arizona State, Missouri, and Mississippi State are schools I am thinking about taking official visits to right now. I could visit those, I could visit other schools, or I could go ahead and commit to someone. I really do not know right now."
Coaches are stopping by to see Johnson on a regular basis since they got back on the road. He does not have a list of favorites known by the public yet, but there is a lot going on inside Johnson's head, and coaches are trying to make sure their school is on his mind.
"I am still looking at all those schools and some others. I just do not have a top list of schools. I have a feel for a lot of schools and I like a lot of schools.
"I still may commit in December, but I am not sure yet. I just need to visit Georgia, then think about some things."
Johnson will have three years to play two at the school he chooses.