It made him a Rutgers player.
Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver from Egg Harbor Township (N.J.) High and Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, learned Thursday he made the grade, getting a qualifying SAT score that will allow him to enroll in June.
"I was excited to find out like that," said Johnson, a former state champ in the 100 meters. "My coach (Tony DeRosa) texted me, and it really hasn't even hit me yet."
Johnson signed with the Scarlet Knights in Feb. 2010, but did not meet NCAA eligibility requirements and headed to Fork Union for post-graduate work. He signed with the Scarlet Knights again two months ago, and achieved his needed score.
"I found out and celebrated Saturday at my aunt's house," Johnson said. "We danced and danced and danced. I can't wait to get up there and get into school."
Although he enrolled at FUMA in the fall, Johnson's focus wasn't on the football field. He played in a pair of games, mostly on special teams, while he worked on his academics and improved his study habits.
He also learned a valuable lesson.
"Do not procrastinate with your school work," he said. "If I would have done my schoolwork on time, I would be there already. But, maybe it was God telling me something, like I needed to mature a little more. I'm not really mad about it because I'm stronger, but I would have liked to have been there on time."
Johnson was recruited to Rutgers as an athlete, but he thinks he will enter as a receiver.
"I figure I can play in the slot but be bounced all over," he said. "I'm going to try to get up to practice this spring. My coach has been talking about taking me up there."
Johnson said he will continue working out to stay in shape and speaking with the Rutgers coaching staff to strengthen his bond and learn more about the offense before he enrolls in for the first summer session.
And, he thinks his time at Fork Union better prepared him for college.
"Fork Union was basically learning how to discipline myself and learn a strategy for life," Johnson said. "As a person, it gave me integrity and the will to want to bounce back on my own."
Johnson was the 2009 Meet of Champions title holder in the 100 meters after finishing in a time of 10.67 seconds. He finished sixth in 2010 with a time of 10.74 seconds.