Not even two months since making a junior day visit to the Hilltop and picking up his offer, Johnson felt the family atmosphere and his relationship with the coaching staff were enough to notify coach Van Malone of his decision.
“Just the fact that coach Malone and coach Morris both hit me up on twitter twice a week, and getting the attention I got from the head coach, they made me feel welcome,” Johnson explained. “I like the commitment and integrity of both of those guys, because that’s how I was raised, and I see that in them.”
“After I got offered, it wasn’t like they just offered me and that was it. They kept in contact, made me feel comfortable and treated me like family,” Johnson said while expanding on his quick decision.
After telling Malone about his good news, the Mustangs’ defensive coordinator shared with Johnson why they think he will be a good fit in the team’s defense.
“He told me they love how aggressive I am, how fast I turn my hips, and how I cover receivers,” Johnson recalled. “The things that I have to do at the corner position come natural to me.”
The 6-foot, 160-pound junior has been to the Hilltop a number of times, and he got the chance to tour the football facilities as well as buildings around campus.
“The campus is just beautiful. Their dorm rooms are nice, and I love how everything is so close,” Johnson said. “I also like the practice field they have outside and just the stadium and facilities they have in there.”
Despite holding offers from Fresno State, UTSA, McNeese State and Stephen F. Austin, Johnson’s only college visits have been to SMU.
And even after the rough season the Mustangs had in 2015, Johnson knows the program will only be better by the time he gets to campus.
“The 2016 class is really good, and I know some of them personally, so I think this year they’re going to be a lot better,” Johnson said. “Then once my class is heading to SMU, I think that’s when the program will really change and everything will fall into place.”
With his commitment out of the way, and plans to shutdown his recruitment, the cornerback is focused on getting his body ready for his final high school season.
“I’m just going to be hitting the weights hard, focusing on the things that I’m not so good at on the field, and just making my weaknesses my strengths,” Johnson said.