"After going through the recruiting process and visiting schools, I talked to all of the coaches and it came down to a gut feeling," said Johnson. "I felt good about a couple of schools, but I felt like I'd succeed more at NC State.
"I actually called coach O'Brien and talked with all of the coaches and told them that I would be attending NC State in 2010. They were definitely excited. They said they've been waiting on me to help conclude their recruiting class so they were definitely happy that I committed to them."
"I watched NC State play on Saturday against Wake Forest," he added. "They are definitely a talented team with a lot of good, young players. The potential is there for NC State to be really good in the future. Sure, there are some things they can improve on but overall they have a strong core in place for them to build around and have a great team. I wanted to be a part of that."
Johnson boasted scholarship offers from NC State, Stanford, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Boston College and Syracuse. Most believed Johnson had narrowed his choices to NC State and Stanford, but apparently that wasn't the case.
"It actually came down to NC State, Maryland, and UCONN," he said. "I felt most comfortable with NC State, their coaches, and the situation. I feel like I'd definitely see the field early, and I could contribute to the team. I want to come in and help them win as soon as I get down to Raleigh."
Johnson indicated that his family played a major role in his decision.
"My family was pretty excited," he said. "They really felt comfortable with me going to NC State. The big thing is I'll always have family around me because I have relatives down in Virginia and North Carolina."
At 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds Johnson has a great frame for the safety position and superb athleticism. Some schools recruited him to play wide receiver, but he is going to play safety for the Wolfpack.
"My strengths are coming up and being an extra defender in run support," he said. "I like coming up and putting a hat on the running back. The area I need to work on is probably making my reads that much quicker and maybe continue improving on my mobility and hips.
"I really feel like I can cover and tackle... I think I'm well-rounded at safety, but you can always get better and those are a couple of areas I'd like to get stronger in."
Johnson projects as a full qualifier as he carries a 3.5 GPA in the classroom, and he is more than ready to matriculate to the college level. The Pennington School is a coeducational boarding school in Pennington, New Jersey, and his time there has allowed him to grow accustomed to being away from his family and focus on academics and athletics.
"Being here really prepares me for college," said Johnson. "I'm away from my family... we have study halls, things like that. I'm ready to make the move down to NC State."
The three-star prospect plans on taking just one official visit as his commitment is firm.
"I'm done with my decision," he said. "I'm not taking any other visits. The only one I'm taking is my official visit to NC State and that will be for the Clemson game.
"It's a good fit for me. I actually noticed NC State has been bringing in a lot of defensive guys to help improve that side of the ball. I don't know many of them yet, but I look forward to getting to know all of them... maybe I'll see some of them when I'm down there."