Ocala (Fla.) Trinity Catholic four-star offensive lineman
“It was a tough decision but I think it will for sure help me in the long run,” Johnson told 247Sports.
Other offers for the 6-foot-7, 295-pound Johnson throughout the process including Alabama, Florida, LSU and Arizona State. He is tabbed by the 247Sports Composite as the country’s No. 28 offensive tackle.
Johnson adds to a Notre Dame class ranked No. 8 nationally.
“Their o-line culture is almost second to none and I feel they’re almost self run in their teaching and their o-line ways, and they just churn out offensive linemen and they do great things,” Johnson said.
Johnson adds to what is one of the best offensive line hauls in the 2021 cycle joining Rocco Spindler, Blake Fisher, Pat Coogan and Joe Alt.
“I just recently got in touch with them and talking to those guys,” Johnson said. “The level of connection they already have and they’re not on campus with each other and maybe talked in person once or twice but they’re basically teammates already and they’re a squad of dudes and i’m happy to be part of that right now.”
Johnson committed to the Irish on a Zoom meeting that included offensive coordinator Tommy Rees, offensive line coach Jeff Quinn and Director of Player Personnel Dave Peloquin.
“They gave their presentation on Notre Dame and we had gotten done and they were asking if we had any questions and we asked one or two questions and they said do you have any other questions and I said when do you want me to commit?” Johnson laughed. “That was the end of that.
“They were very excited. They wanted me to confirm with Auburn.”
Johnson had been building a relationship with Rees and Quinn over the past few months including Zooms in the summer. He attended the win over USC last season.
“We’re going to continue to build that relationship and when I get up there and we’re going to make great things happen,” Johnson said.
Johnson had been excited to commit all week. His parents told him to take his time.
“We were really talking in depth about it and it was a process making this decision and I’m happy it’s finally made.”
Johnson’s father played at offensive line at Ball State before a stint in the NFL. His mother is a Muncie, Ind. native and they used to live in Fort Wayne before moving to the Sunshine State. Johnson’s parents are equally excited about the future as well.
“I think the thing with Caleb he saw what Coach Rees was doing offensively, he saw the culture with offensive line and the tight-nit group,” his dad Aaron Johnson said. “It’s almost a self-regulated machine they have working there. I think he likes having the small campus, being within that Notre Dame culture. It’s South Bend, Ind, you go there for academics and football and they have the best of both worlds. Other distractions are not really there. He can be ultra-focused on being the best football player and best student athlete he can be.”