Now that a childhood goal can become a reality, Johnson wants to make sure he goes through the recruiting process the right way and explore all of his options.
"Then, all I could think about was me playing there and doing the same thing," Johnson said. "Now it's different. I have my own options and I'm older and have to think it through."
Rutgers was the first school to offer Johnson and getting him back on campus for training camp was cause for excitement.
"It was a very good visit," Johnson said. "I'm very familiar with it because I know guys on the team and the coaches and everything."
Johnson first met Kyle Flood before he became head coach. Flood served as offensive line coach and associate head coach under Greg Schiano during his older brother's standout years at defensive end.
Flood offered Johnson during a spring practice at the beginning of the year and the two are building a strong relationship.
"The coaches really welcomed me into their facilities," Johnson said. "They treated me like their own and I felt very comfortable. … It was my first time really talking to them since [my offer]."
The 6-foot-4 wide receiver is a track star and projects as a top recruit in the state in the 2015 class. Having an older brother, now in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings, is the best help in the process.
Johnson wants to take his time and keep a cool head, but will not take as long as his brother, who did not pick Rutgers until a month before his freshman season began.
"He's just telling me that I need to think about everything," Johnson said. "When I think through all of it and feel ready, that's when it's time to make a decision. Don't rush it."
Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan and Penn State are all recruiting Johnson and want him to take in-season visits. Johnson has no more visits planned before the start of his junior season Sept. 14 at Penns Grove.