"I'm really very excited. The thought that they are interested in me is great," stated Johnson to PonyStampede.com on Monday night. "I don't know a lot about SMU. I know they were kind of down the last couple of years, but Coach Jones has come in from Hawaii and is going to turn things around."
"I would love to play in an offense like that. It's very exciting. I want a chance to be in an offense where I could get plenty of opportunities to make plays."
Johnson (6-2, 195 pounds, 4.4-forty) had 45 catches and hauled in 12 touchdowns last season. The junior is also the punter for Cypress Ridge, as he averaged 45 yards a punt, earning him all-district honors last season. As far as the important factors Johnson looks for in a future school, academics rank high, along with other key elements.
"I want a school with a nice program, good enthusiasm out of the coaches, and last but not least, I also want a good academic program, somewhere that will set me up academically," he said.
Does the Cypress Ride star have any clear favorites at this point?
"I'm looking at a lot of schools, but right now I'm just going to keep it open. All the schools have something really good to offer. I'm open to everybody right now," Johnson said.
Johnson played with Scout.com 2nd ranked quarterback in the 2009 recruiting class, Russell Shepard last season. With the departure of Shepard, the idea to move Johnson under center had been floated out there.
"After thinking about it and talking with coach we decided that I needed to stay out at receiver," Johnson said. "Coach feels that I can be a threat running the ball at quarterback, but I want to get the chance to develop more as a receiver. I am pretty excited about the opportunity, and I am going to make the most of it."
So now that the decision to stay at wide receiver has been made, what are some things that Johnson is working on this off-season for next year?
"It all starts with hard work. I'm in the weight room everyday or working on my agilities and catching the football. It all starts with hard work and that hard work is going to pay off," said Johnson.
Oh yes sir. The school is close, so I'm thinking about visiting there," said Johnson. "With an offense like that and a new coach, I'm definitely open to it."