A native of Harrisburg, PA, Johnson stayed local and played college ball at Penn State University. Unfortunately for Johnson, injuries marred his college career, limiting him to just 12 games, primarily on special teams in 2015. Despite minimal playing time, Johnson set himself apart by displaying freakish athletic ability when healthy.
During Penn State’s Pro Day in 2016, Johnson caught the attention of NFL scouts by posting some of the best numbers of anyone in the country, clocking a 4.43 40-yard dash (third among all RB’s) and a 39 inch vertical jump (second among all RB’s). This performance earned him a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, becoming the 9th member of Penn State’s 2015 team to play in the NFL.
At 6’2″, 228 pounds and fully healthy, many scouts believe he possesses an ideal skill set to contribute on Special Teams for an NFL squad. Johnson will suit up in The Spring League in 2018 to prove to NFL teams he can contribute both on Special Teams, and as a ball carrier.