While leaving the field with the other recruits, SMU head coach Chad Morris pulled Johnson and his family aside, letting the 6-foot 170-pound safety know that he’d be given an opportunity to be a Mustang in 2017.
Up until junior day, Johnson had been communicating a lot with SMU coaches Van Malone and Claude Mathis.
Upon visiting SMU, Johnson was surprised at how involved Malone was in practice.
“Junior day went really well for me,” Johnson said. “Coach Malone was really enthusiastic about us being there and he actually demonstrated and participated in the drills we were doing. He was really active during practice. He just made sure that we understood what we were doing and what we could do better.”
Johnson is getting looks from a number of different schools but so far, SMU and McNeese State are the only programs to offer him.
“I like how the program is on the come up and people are sleeping on it,” Johnson said. “I think that coach Morris is changing the program and that they are going to shock a lot of people. I like that—people doubting you, because then you can go out and prove them wrong.”
Johnson said he was already thinking about SMU even before he received his offer and now that he has he is taking the school even more seriously than before.
“I like SMU,” he said. “I talked to some of the players and like I said earlier about coach Malone—I think they have a good team and I liked the atmosphere. I like their academics and the campus.”
Johnson said he would love to visit SMU again sometime soon but doesn’t have anything planned at the moment.