Johnson, who at 6-foot, 185 pounds, answers more questions about his height than his arm strength and accuracy, will try to earn the offer from the Scarlet Knights during a camp visit in late June.
"The only camp that is set in stone, coach (Kirk) Ciarrocca, the quarterbacks coach at Rutgers, they want me to come on June 28 to throw for coach (Greg) Schiano,'' Johnson said. "That's the only thing that is 100 percent sure. There's a chance on my way out to Bowling Green (June 14), I might go to Toledo and throw.''
During the spring evaluation period, Johnson picked up offers from Bowling Green, Temple and Miami, Ohio.
Ciarrocca visited Bishop McDevitt to watching Johnson throw, and saw enough to remain interested as Rutgers continues to recruit a quarterback for the 2011 class.
The Scarlet Knights already offered Kevin Hogan of Gonzaga High (Washington, D.C.), and are trying to bring John Loughery of William Penn (Philadelphia), Chris Polony of Whitehall (Pa.) High and Stevie Weatherford of Land O' Lakes (Fla.) High to throw at the camp.
"Coach Ciarrocca said, ‘You're right there. You just have to throw one more time,' ‘' Johnson said. "He told me they're going to have the camp, and it's going to be between four and six guys that they're considering, and then after everyone does the camp, they'll work us out.''
Until another offer comes is way and forces Johnson to alter his thinking, he has a few leaders.
"Temple and Bowling Green, right now, are probably my front-runners,'' he said. "I've been to Temple twice now, I really like (quarterbacks) coach (Matt) Rhule, I met with coach (Al) Golden, and I really like him a lot. The city doesn't bother me because of going to McDevitt. That's right in the city, so it wouldn't be a huge transition.
"The only thing I got from Bowling Green is I met the quarterback coach, and we talk frequently. I talked to the head coach once, but I am going out there June 14 to take a visit and see the campus. I'll really be able to judge …after I get back from Bowling Green.''