At that point, the new football facilities were still in the making and his interaction with his future teammates was scarce at best other than with longtime friend and Orange running back Jerome Smith.
"It was another unofficial visit," said Johnson, a defensive end prospect from Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy. "I got there, went to see all the coaches and talked a little. Then Jerome (Smith) took me for lunch and we chilled.
"I went to the team meeting and watched the practice, too. "
The bye-week vibe was comfortable for the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder – which made it hard to head back to Maryland.
"I met all the players and I felt home, like I didn't want to leave," he admitted. "I talked to all the coaches; they were excited to see me.
"They want me to come and make an impact."
As far as the new locker rooms and additional football facilities now on South Campus, it was the player lounge area that caught his eye the most.
"I saw the new facilities and loved them," said Johnson. "The locker room was beautiful, the lounge they have had two big screens (televisions) and a kitchen behind it."
While the current Orange squad is 1-3 on the year, Johnson says the mood wasn't as intense as one would think. SU hasn't played a conference game just yet, so hope for a Big East title – not just a bowl berth – remains.
Said Johnson of the team's attitude, "The vibe was like they were undefeated because they were focused on Big East play."