"The Vols are recruiting me the hardest right now and they've got a medium lead over the other schools," Johnson said. "I've spoken with their entire coaching staff and they're all really good people and I'm close with them.
I'm also looking forward to seeing some good stuff coming out of the new coaching staff at Tennessee," he said. "I'm doing a lot of research on them lately and am looking forward to seeing them play for myself. If I do visit them, it would be on an official trip."
Scout.com's no. 24 defensive tackle says Michigan and UCLA are his No. 2 and No. 3 schools, respectively.
"Michigan is my second favorite team and I think they've got some great coaches," he said. "I'd love to play in a big atmosphere, so that's a big key for me. I've enjoyed just getting to know their staff and I would also like to get up there.
"I also like UCLA as my number three school," Johnson said. "They've got a really cool coaching staff and I've actually taken an unofficial visit there too. When I was there I had lunch with some of the coaches and they all offered me some great input. UCLA also has a beautiful campus and it's close to home in a way because I've got a lot of family in the San Diego area and would love to play in the Rose Bowl."
Johnson said he was born in San Diego, Calif, then moved to Florida before he ended up living in the state of Louisiana.
"I could really end up going anywhere though because I've lived in three states, so right now I'm not totally settled on one school," he said. "In the end, I just have to be comfortable.
"I think I'll probably end up having a solid list of five schools after the season," he said.
Johnson already has one official visit lined up out west.
"I'll be out at UCLA for an official visit on Dec. 4, and I'm possible thinking about getting to Nebraska and Missouri for officials as well," he said. "I know I'll take all of my official visits after the season.
"Ultimately, I'm looking for a school with good coaching that will help me get to the NFL," he said. "I also want to go to a school with strong academics."
Johnson said his one game (1-0) totals are seven tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
He reports a 2.2 GPA and will take the ACT on Sept. 11 for the second time.
"I'm really not sure what I got on the test the first time I took it," he said.