Tech coaches were able to pitch to Johnson the playing time that grad transfers Tyler Davis and Jared Southers earned this past season. Both were full-time starters at tight end and on the offensive line, respectively, and both were named permanent captains at the end of the season.
Southers came to Tech as a grad transfer from Vanderbilt last January and started 12 games for the Yellow Jackets at right guard and right tackle. Johnson will have the opportunity to compete for playing time on a line that loses only Southers among full-time starters.
Johnson graduated from Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy and was teammates with the late Brandon Adams, the Tech defensive tackle who died in March.