Johnson, a running back and cornerback from Brodhead, Wis., has 1,579 rushing yards on 151 carries, 17 receptions for 281 yards and is 3 of 3 passing for 125 yards. Defensively, he has six interceptions and 32 solo tackles, including 16 tackles for loss.
All this for an 8-3 team that will face Lodi (9-2) in a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 4 state quarterfinal Saturday.
But Johnson, who stands 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, is receiving barely a sniff from major college recruiters. He did make an unofficial visit to Northwestern earlier this fall when the Wildcats hosted Wisconsin. But other than some additional contact from NU, Division I college football programs have shown little interest.
"I've been there quite a few times actually," Johnson said regarding Northwestern. "As of right now that's like basically the No. 1 school so far. I've been concentrating on baseball a lot too now since it's like farther into football season and everything and still no offers…
"So basically it's still open. They (Northwestern) still definitely could offer me. I'm just hoping for that."
Johnson said he also receives regular, significant interest from Illinois State, a Division I-AA program, and several Division II programs, such as Truman State (Kirksville, Mo.).
Also an accomplished pitcher and outfielder, Johnson is receiving baseball interest primarily from Michigan State, Virginia and Columbia. He said he would also be interested in playing baseball at Northwestern.
Johnson was injured in the first quarter of Brodhead-Juda's season opener, and missed all of its second game. But he has been extremely productive since. Johnson ran for 156 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' 46-6 pounding of Lakeside Lutheran in a second-round playoff matchup last weekend. Lakeside Lutheran ended the regular season ranked No. 2 in the state for Division 4.