"It just felt like a place that if I had to choose today it was the place I felt like home," Johnson said. "It was real big for me that they were the first to offer. When somebody finds out your talent first that makes you feel good. To be a big school too, for a kid from my area we don't go big so when a big school likes Auburn comes through it's a blessing."
Getting his first offer from Auburn in the spring of 2013 before camping with the Tigers last summer, Johnson has had the Tigers at the top of his list since that time. In Jordan-Hare Stadium for several games last fall, including the dramatic Iron Bowl win over Alabama, Johnson said the experience was one he’ll never forget and showed him even more about Auburn.
"It was my first Iron Bowl and it was just a good hard-fought win by Auburn," Johnson said. "They just have hard work and dedication. That's something you want in any program. I like how it is around there.
"I have a great comfort level there," he added. "It's very good. Like I told you before if I had to go today that's where I would go. That's how I felt. No other school made me feel that way."
His relationship with Auburn defensive line Coach Rodney Garner is also a strong point for the massive lineman. Getting to know him better and better since the offer came through over a year ago, Johnson said Auburn and Garner have everything he’s looking for in a school and coach.
"It (Auburn) feels like home,” Johnson said. “Coach Garner is a great coach and a guy I want to get coached by.
"I'm ready for him to teach me and learn different things," he added. "I have a lot of stuff to work on to become a player at the SEC level."
Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Johnson is the No. 28 defensive tackle prospect in the country for 2015. As a junior he recorded 79 tackles and also added 10 rushing touchdowns as a short yardage back.
He becomes the first defensive line commitment for Auburn in the 2015 class and the 19th overall in the class.