"It is just shocking," he said in a telephone interview Sunday night. "If you would have said last year at this time I would have this many offers, I wouldn't even have believed you."
In that context, it is sensible for Johnson to feel surprise. After all, as a sophomore he was a varsity reserve. But he earned a spot in the starting lineup as a junior last fall and put together an impressive season with 97 tackles, two interceptions, five sacks, six pass breakups and one fumble recovery.
"I'm super hard on the run," Johnson said of his playing style.
Also a track athlete, Johnson reported a personal best in the high jump of 6-6 and a best finish in the 110-meter high hurdles of 14.3 seconds. He said he can run the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.
With a school year to finish up and more offers likely on the way, Johnson is not focused on honing down his list quite yet. Many schools have already visited South Garland during the spring evaluation period, including Oklahoma, Texas, Duke, Stanford, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State and Oklahoma State.
"I'm open to anybody who is interested in me," Johnson said. "I haven't been thinking about favorites or where I probably want to go. I'll probably start checking into that after school is over. I'm concentrating on school these last few weeks."
"I'll probably have a good idea, probably midsummer, of who my top schools are," Johnson added.
Johnson reported a 3.6 grade-point average, a 21 on the ACT and an 840 on the SAT. He plans to retake the entrance exams in the fall.
What is Johnson looking for in a college?
"If they have the major I want to major in, which is something like computer graphics and design or something like that," he said. "And how their (football) program is and how their academic program is."
What got Johnson interested in computer design?
"I just always liked computers," he said. "… Every year I've taken a computer class. I took a class that we have called Web mastery, where we create Web pages. I really liked that."