"The players were down to earth and welcomed me like I already part of the team," he said the day of the visit. "They told me that they remembered what it was like, being in my shoes. It was great feedback.
"It (the visit) went great. It was excellent and I learned a great deal about the SMU program. I met the coaching staff, including June Jones. He seems like a great guy and it would be good playing under him, especially with the type of offense he runs."
Which factors led to Johnson's decision to choose SMU?
"There were numerous reasons involved with me picking SMU," said Johnson Monday evening. "There are a whole lot of opportunities at SMU and it's a once in a lifetime school for me. It's a really prestigious institution, the people there were warm, and Dallas is one of the best cities in the world.
"There was a lot of trust there and I feel like there will be a lot of success in my future at SMU. I really like Coach Reinebold, Coach Jones, and the rest of the staff."
Wide receivers coach Jeff Reinebold recruited Johnson for SMU.
It's been a tumultuous past two weeks for Johnson, who will suit up for The Dunham School this fall. He played for University Lab last year, then transferred to Capitol Academy after the season. However, due to eligibility concerns, Johnson was forced to find a new school.
"It's been heartbreaking," he said regarding the ordeal of switching schools again. "I start classes at Dunham on Wednesday. "They're the private school that's in my attendance zone, so I'm cleared to play. I'm going to always have a relationship with coach (Chad) Germany at Capitol. He's like a mentor to me."