"Yeah Syracuse came to visit," Johnson said. "It was on Tuesday at my school. It was (defensive backs) coach (Fred) Reed. He was talking to me about the school and having me come up on a visit and stuff like that. I don't have an official visit scheduled yet but I'm going to set one up."
With linebackers being a big position for the Orange, Johnson says that he is a top target for Syracuse.
"He basically said I was a big priority for them," Johnson said. "I was the top on their board. That he wants me to come to their school. Then I asked him about the returning people (at linebacker). I asked how many juniors and seniors are already there."
With Syracuse having seven linebackers on the roster that are juniors or seniors, there is room for early playing time either on special teams or on defense. The ability to compete to get on the field early means a lot to Johnson.
"We definitely talked about that," Johnson said. "That's really important to me. I would love to play when I first come in. But if that doesn't work, that's fine with me. I'll just continue to work hard so that I'm ready."
As the dead period approaches, Syracuse looks to be in good shape with the two star prospect.
"My interest is very high," Johnson said. "They're like the number one school right now. I've been talking to Marshall a little bit."
Johnson said as of now, there's a strong chance he commits to Syracuse after he schedules the official. That may depend on how the Orange fare with other linebacker targets such as Nile Sykes, Jonathan Thomas and JaWhaun Bentley.