Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 205 pound running back with 4.5 speed, is one of the top running backs in the Southeast for 2010.
The Buford (Ga.) product has an offer list that is comprised of some of the top schools from across the country and it includes LSU, Oklahoma, Auburn, Stanford, Tennessee, Florida State and many others.
This past weekend, Johnson took an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge where he spent a couple of days getting familiar with the LSU program. The standout back had expectations of what LSU would be like, and by trip’s end it’s safe to say that those expectations were more than met.
“It went good,” Johnson said of the visit. “I liked what I saw. I knew it was going to be a nice place and a fun atmosphere to be around then I knew the coaches were going to be great.
“But it was even better than I thought. The coaches really spent a lot of time with me and talking to me, and I thought that was great. The campus was bigger and was a lot better than I had thought.”
In the time spent with the coaches, LSU running backs coach Larry Porter and head coach Les Miles went over the depth chart in detail with Johnson.
“I liked the depth situation,” Johnson said. “They have two guys that are seniors that will be leaving next year, and another guy sprained his ACL. With what they have now it would only be a couple of dudes to compete with for a job if I should decide to go there.”
The trip got started on Friday with the night spent enjoying some time with his family that accompanied him on the visit including his mother, father, brother, sister and niece.
The action picked up on Saturday morning when Johnson made his way over to Tiger Stadium to take in LSU’s first major scrimmage of the spring.
After the scrimmage he got to spend some time with LSU’s players before getting the grand tour of all of the facilities.
“I had the chance to talk to the players at my position – Charles Scott, Keiland Williams and Richard Murphy – and they gave me the feeling that it was a nice place to be,” Johnson said. “After talking to them it gave me a feeling of this could be the school for me.
“All of the facilities were first class and then my mom and dad really liked the academic center,” added Johnson. “We saw everything they had and you couldn’t ask for much more.”
After touring the facilities, Johnson and his family made their way to a local seafood restaurant to grab some local cuisine.
“We ate some real good seafood. We got our fill on shrimp, crawfish and gumbo,” Johnson said with a laugh.
Sunday morning was spent back over at the LSU Football Operations Building where Johnson and his family met with the LSU coaches once again.
Heading into this visit, Johnson had previously said that LSU and Auburn were neck and neck. However, after this weekend things have changed.
“Auburn is up there but LSU is farther up there,” he said. “We have to go visit some more places before we decide on anything, but LSU is a solid No. 1 right now.”
Note: Johnson has already taken unofficial visits to Ohio State, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Tennessee.