Johnson feels 'great energy' around Vols

InsideTennessee keeps subscribers informed on the latest recruiting news. Scroll down to read how Sterling Johnson's visit to Tennessee went.

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones continues to successfully sell his vision for the Vols' future to more and more recruits, telling wide-eyed prospects that it's only a matter of time before winning ways return to Knoxville.

Add Scout four-star defensive tackle Sterling Johnson to that growing list.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder visited Tennessee for a junior day event Saturday and leaves "very impressed" with the Vols.

"It went really well," Johnson told InsideTennessee. "It was just great, man. I loved it a lot."

Johnson doesn't have a list of leaders yet, but after his visit to Tennessee he says the Vols would "definitely" be in his top five if he had one.

Johnson said Clemson and Alabama also would make the cut.

"There's just a great, I don't know how to describe it, like energy over there," Johnson told IT.

The Cleveland (N.C.) High School standout's favorite part of the trip was talking with Jones and learning more about his rebuilding plans.

"I honestly see that Tennessee is going to be on top soon. Like real soon. There's no doubt in my mind," Johnson told IT. "Coach Jones was just saying six win seasons aren't acceptable. Just his personality and, you know, he's a proven winner everywhere he's been. He'll get it done. They're going to make some noise."

Johnson said it's a very appealing idea to be apart of the group that brings Tennessee football back to the top. Jones let him know if he committed to the Vols, that'd be the case.

"Coach Jones was just telling me that special things are happening," Johnson said. "And I love the fact that he told me I'd be a big part of that if I came here."

Johnson's second favorite part of the visit was learning that the Vols will be switching to Nike after the season.

"For real, that as a big deal to me," he said. "Nike is that stuff."

The nation's No. 18 defensive tackle said atop his list of priorities is finding a school with an "electric" game-day atmosphere.

After touring Neyland Stadium, Johnson said he knows he can find just that at Tennessee.

"That place was just awesome," Johnson said. "It doesn't get much better. It was impressive."

Overall, Johnson was "impressed" with the visit.

He used the word again to describe watching Tennessee's second spring practice.

"That was real cool. Real impressive," Johnson told IT. "That was a crazy energetic practice."

Johnson has upcoming travel plans to Wake Forest, Ohio State and South Carolina.

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