During his junior season, Johnson registered 151 tackles (96 solo), three sacks, three intereceptions and three fumble recoveries on his way to being named a Class 3A 1st Team All-State selection by the Clarion Ledger.
The mutli-talented Johnson, who also plays basketball, committed to his home state Mississippi State Bulldogs last October but VolNation.com recently learned of his plans to visit Tennessee on February 27th for Junior Day.
“I just wanted to get up there and see the atmosphere,” said Johnson. “With the way they talk about it, it seems like it is awesome. It’s one of the best in the country and I’ve just got to see it.”
“I’m actually gonna try to stick around and watch the basketball game against Kentucky too,” Johnson added.
In addition to Mississippi State and Tennessee, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound prospect is being courted by several other SEC schools. He has offers from LSU, Ole Miss, and a verbal offer from Alabama.
Of the schools pursuing Johnson, where do the Vols rank?
“They are my third school right now,” said Johnson.
How does Johnson describe his game?
“Sideline to sideline all night,” said Johnson. “I just love to hit. Physical.”
Johnson is high on his team’s potential for the upcoming season and is looking forward to contributing, not only on the defensive side of the ball, but also on offense.
“We’ve got a division one prospect at quarterback and wide reciever next year so we can pretty much throw the ball at will,” Johnson said. “We’ve got a 250-pound fullback who bench presses about 285 pounds and runs a 4.8 40.”
“This season coming up I’m going to be playing running back, but I’ll be primarily a defensive guy,” added Johnson.
While he’s most comfortable on defense and is projected to be a linebacker at the next level, the talented prospect is no stranger to running the football. He averaged over 15 yards per carry during his junior season.
“I had like 26 carries for 430-something yards with a couple touchdowns,” Johnson said. “I was playing a little fullback too.”
The week before his trip to Knoxville, on February 20th, Johnson plans to visit LSU where Frank Wilson, who recruited Johnson to Tennessee, is now recruiting him for the Tigers.
VolNation will catch up with C.J. Johnson after his visit to get his thoughts on Tennessee.