His visit comes shortly after the Red Raiders hired his high school head coach, Emmett Jones, as the director of player development. The three-star prospect, rated as the No. 12 safety prospect in Texas by Scout, tallied 49 tackles, four interceptions and four pass breakups in 12 games last season according to MaxPreps.
The six-foot, 200-pound prospect provided a simple reaction to his time in the Hub City.
“I loved it. Lubbock is Lubbock.”
Johnson, who announced his decommitment from the Texas Longhorns on Sunday morning via Twitter (and declined to comment about it), downplayed the impact Jones’ hiring had on his recruitment.
“It kind of played a factor, but then it kind of didn’t.” TCU commit J.F. Thomas (6-4, 185) took an official visit to Lubbock alongside Johnson. Thomas gave his reaction to RaiderPower.com through a text message.
“I’m home now but I loved it and had a lot of fun with some of the players,” Thomas said.
Thomas is rated as a four-star commit, ranked as the No. 3 receiver in Texas, 16th at his position in the country and the No. 129 overall prospect in the nation by Scout.
Johnson considers Thomas, who hauled in 75 passes for 1,598 yards (21.3 yards per catch) and 25 scores a season ago, to be a lifelong friend.
“We were together a lot. We were together the whole trip,” Johnson said.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes and defensive back Tevin Madison hosted the pair. Hanging out with the hosts was a major highlight of the trip.
“We hung out with Pat. You know, Pat knows everybody,” Johnson said.
When asked about the list of schools he is considering, Johnson originally hesitated.
“I mean Tech, of course. I don’t know. No, I don’t have a list of schools,” Johnson said.
Johnson is set to make his final announcement on National Signing Day which will take place Wednesday.