"I'm just straight lifting," said Johnson of his activities after Plano East at 5-5 missed out on the playoffs.
As far as his basketball days, both in school and on an AAU team that both he and fellow Cowboys commitment and Lake Highlands standout Desmond Roland III both played on, he is modest. "I was all right, I was all right," said Johnson.
It's not easy for Johnson, who did not know his senior stats but had 72 tackles and three interceptions as a junior, to watch other schools in the playoffs. However, with the trio from Guyer in quarterback J.W. Walsh, wide receiver/corner Josh Stewart, and defensive end Jimmy Bean, he knows these are future teammates and he is excited about playing on the same team with all of them in Stillwater.
"Oh yeah, most of us have played against each other and it is unbelievable to me that next season all of us will be playing on the same team with each other. It is really a great feeling," said Johnson standing on the field right after the Guyer comeback was complete. "It is real exciting and I can't wait."
As for his season, he has come to grips with it and one thing that helps is knowing he is about to start a new chapter in his football career.
"To me I felt that I did good, but I really wish my team could have been a lot better," said Johnson of the season.
Johnson is an outstanding student and very fast (4.46) and strong (260-pound bench and 470-pound squat). He knows the next time he suits up he will also be playing on the same team with his old basketball teammate and the guy he calls his cousin in Desmond Roland III.
"I love that and I've been knowing Desmond my whole life and we've never really stopped being around each other," he said. "That is going to be great."
Roland is actually the offensive equivalent in size and ability to Johnson on defense and they should make quite a pair. Both will be at our recruiting issue photo session next week and both are expected to be at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday to watch their future teammates.