"I made first-team all-district last year," said Johnson, a well-spoken student-athlete who also "makes A's and B's" in the classroom. "I had four interceptions and scored a touchdown last season. On offense, I played running back and averaged seven yards per carry. My touchdown came on a play when I was at running back.
"This year, I'll be playing pretty much everywhere. I'm play some corner, running back, slot receiver, and on special teams - returning kicks and punts. I see myself as a cornerback on the next level. I like covering receivers and I like making interceptions."
Earlier this summer, Johnson made a splash with his showing at SMU football camp.
"Their (SMU) coaches were very open, very nice," he said. "They had me work on offense and defense during the drills. They asked me if I could catch the ball and then put me with the receivers, in addition to working with the defensive backs."
Jefferson, which returns 15 starters, went 6-5 in 2009. The Mustangs got off to a slow start (2-4) last year but rebounded to make the playoffs. In the first round, Johnson and his teammates faced the unenviable task of attempting to stop Cibolo Steele's Malcolm Brown, the top-ranked RB in the nation.
"He's very talented," Johnson said of the five-star back. "He's versatile and does it all. Steele had one of the best wide receivers that I've faced, but I had a good game and got a pick."
Jefferson, which returns nine defensive starters, allowed a total of only 28 points over its final four regular season games last year and the Mustangs will seek to build on that momentum when the season begins in several weeks.