Johnson, who has covered 40 yards in 4.59 seconds, rushed for 1,686 yards and 22 touchdowns on 232 carries last season. Also a cornerback for the Cardinals, he had nine interceptions and 22 solo tackles.
In his first season as Brodhead-Juda's starting tailback, Johnson was an all-area selection and he helped his team reach the WIAA Division 4 state semifinals for the second consecutive season. The Cardinals were the state title runner-up in 2003, Johnson's sophomore year, but they returned only two starters on each side of the ball last fall and opened the season 1-3, before recovering to finish 9-4.
"We started off rocky," said Johnson, who had to handle the tall task of replacing tailback Josh Restivo, who rushed for 1,565 yards in 2003. "We went against a lot of ranked teams."
Johnson has not received a scholarship offer yet but he recently took unofficial visits to Northern Illinois and Northwestern and, in addition to Wisconsin, he is also receiving mail from Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue, Iowa and Stanford. He also has interest in Iowa State.
Johnson, who boasts a 240-pound bench press and a 350-pound squat, does not claim a favorite at this early juncture.
"Not right now," he said. "I'm looking at sort of all of them right now. I don't really have a favorite."
What is he looking for in a school?
"I'm all about programs and everything and… what classes they have to offer," Johnson said. "I want to go to into a field of business management and whatever college has the best stuff for that is where I'll go."
Johnson plans to take an unofficial visit to Michigan State May 6 and then will attend a Nike camp in Ann Arbor, Mich., May 7.
Johnson attended football camps at Wisconsin and UW-Whitewater last summer and plans to return to those camps this summer. An all-area honorable mention selection as a wrestler, Johnson will also attend a wrestling camp at UW-La Crosse. He is receiving interest to wrestle collegiately from Brown. A pitcher and outfielder on the Brodhead-Juda baseball team, Johnson was an honorable mention all-conference selection in that sport as a sophomore last spring.
On the gridiron, Johnson will play his fourth season with the Brodhead-Juda varsity this fall and his second as the featured running back.
"Freshman year was more of sitting on the sidelines and watching the team and going in when we are up by 50 or 60," Johnson said. "Sophomore year I got a lot of playing time as a second-team [defensive] back and a third-string running back. And I was on special teams, all of them, as a sophomore."