Johnson decided to pay Looze a visit, though he admitted he was really just waiting for the Purdue coaches to give him a call, and he would have been sold. Early on, though, he started realizing he may need to rethink his options.
Between Brush reaching out to his mom and getting a personal phone call from Looze, he started feeling a bond with the IU program, and once he reached Bloomington for his official visit, his love for the program only increased.
After hearing from Looze about what kind of impact and potential Johnson could achieve by choosing IU, Johnson talked further with IU associate head coach Mike Westphal, and Johnson made his decision.
“He was like ‘We know you’re fast. We want you to be faster. We want you to come here so you can get better’ and I was just sold,” he said. “I could have signed right there if they would have let me.”
But once practice started in the fall and Johnson was officially a Hoosier, things weren’t always so easy.
He realized that he had several years of hard work, dedication and focus ahead of him before he would once again be one of the fastest guys in the pool.
“I was kinda upset because I was always used to being on top of my high school team,” he said. “I got here and I was humbled pretty often during practice and during our little inter-squad meets. It just opens your eyes to things.
“You get to see people going times you never thought were even possible at some meets, and they do it, and they get out of the water and they’re not even tired, and you’re exhausted after your race, and you’re not even going that fast. It’s mind-boggling.