"I feel like we can go all the way," said Johnson. "We're working hard and have a lot of talent. I think we can go all the way.
"I wanted to shed a few more pounds, and I want to keep losing weight right. I'm at about 325 pounds, and I want to get down to 310 pounds by the time I get ready to go to NC State."
Johnson is one of NC State's top commitments in the 2015 recruiting class. He picked the Wolfpack over programs like Tennessee and Oregon and a big reason was because of a trip he took to Raleigh over the summer.
He admits that prior to the camp he wasn't really considering NC State, but that quickly changed.
"Just working out with coach Nielsen was big," said Johnson. "I'm addicted to working hard so working out with him, he was pushing me and pushing me.
"I knew right then that he was going to be my coach. Everything he was telling me was working. It was just a connection. It all clicked immediately."
Johnson also was able to check out the Wolfpack's campus for the first time.
"I didn't expect it to be that nice," he said. "When I went there it was great. [Laughing] I really wanted to stay up there."
NC State has added a few defensive tackles in recent classes but will lose seniors Thomas Teal and T.Y. McGill following the 2014 season. That played a role in Johnson's decision.
"Coach Nielsen was saying that I'd have a chance of coming in and playing," he said. "I knew I wasn't scared to work hard so why not do it?
"I was ready to choose. I could then focus on my season with my recruitment done."
Johnson made his decision on July 4th and quickly turned his attention to helping NC State land other quality talent. He reached out to commitments James Smith-Williams and Riley Nicholson prior to their decisions and has built relationships on Twitter with top targets like Emmanuel McGirt, Darian Roseboro, Shy Tuttle, and Nyheim Hines.
"It was real easy," Johnson said, laughing. "All of the commitments started following me when I committed so I didn't have to look for them. With the other ones, I've been recruiting them ever since.
"I want other top recruits to go there with me, that's why I'm talking to all of them. I want us to have the strongest class we can get."
When will Johnson take his next trip to NC State?
"I don't know when I'm coming up but it will be in September for a game," he stated. "Coach said they want all the commitments to come for their awards event... I think that is in December. That will be my official visit."
Johnson and Cedar Grove open the season August 29th against Southwest DeKalb.