And though the Bruins fell to crosstown rival USC, the three-star defensive end from Tempe, Ariz., told Scout.com it had no effect on how he viewed the program or its future. There were several unknowns heading into the weekend given that his relationship with the UCLA coaches was somewhat new, but Johnson said they answered all of his questions and then some.
"It was a great experience and I got to see first hand that they've got some really good coaches there," Johnson said. "The loss didn't necessarily change the hype of the game or even the experience for me at all. It didn't change the intensity. USC just got the upper hand, but it didn't leave a bad impression for me."
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Johnson officially visited Oregon earlier this season and said the Bruins stacked up well with that trip. He was hosted by freshman defensive lineman Osa Odighizuwa, who is redshirting this season, and Johnson said he really got a good feel for the team's dynamic.
"The togetherness of the team really stood out to me," Johnson said. "They were all together and I saw them hang out a lot throughout the weekend. I met Osa after the game and he was pretty cool. He talked to me about where he was from and how there are a lot of guys with different backgrounds. It was really cool."
UCLA assistant coach Angus McClure saw Johnson in action in early October while the Bruins were in town to take on Arizona State, another program that is high on Johnson's list of favorites. The communication hadn't been constant, Johnson admitted, but he felt comfortable around the UCLA staff while on campus.
"I actually hadn't talked much to coach (Jim) Mora or coach Angus before the weekend much because of our schedules, and it was my first time getting to meet both of them in person," Johnson said. "It was really nice, though. They were very welcoming and informative. They treated me well and that made an impression for sure.
"They told me how I would fit in perfectly to their razor position where Takkarist McKinley was. I feel like I would fit into the team very well. Takk played well all night, but things just didn't turn out the way they wanted. They do have a defense that can produce for sure."
Johnson said he got a chance to meet UCLA commit Jaelan Phillips after the game and the five-star defensive end got some recruiting in. He said he was unsure if there would be any other official visits. He feels comfortable with what he has learned about ASU and USC already from prior stops at those schools.
"UCLA impressed me a lot and they have really grown on me," Johnson said. "That's definitely a place I could see myself at, as well. Man, I now have to make a tough decision.
"My mother loved it, too. She came down from Seattle and really enjoyed everything, especially all the academic support, which i liked to see as well. That was all big for us. Right now, I'm collecting my thoughts and trying to figure out where I'm going to go. I'm trying to figure that out in the next month."
Johnson was credited with 89 total tackles, including 19 for a loss, in 10 games this season. He registered 21 1/2 sacks and forced three fumbles.