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Hunter Johnson | Quarterback

Team: Northwestern Wildcats
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 200

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Sophomore QB Hunter Johnson is transferring from Clemson to Northwestern.
What a huge get this is for the Wildcats. Johnson announced in May that he would transfer from the Tigers, and had interest from a smorgasbord of big-time schools. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound signal-caller will have to sit out the 2018 season, but he'll have two years of eligibility left after. He was considered one of -- if not the -- top quarterback prospects in the 2017 class, and when given a chance to play this fall he performed well; completing 21-of-27 passes for 234 yards with a couple of touchdowns. Johnson should be considered the heavy favorite to start for Northwestern in 2019, and his upside is palpable. Get excited, Wildcat fans. Jun 11 - 3:33 PM

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247Sports' Chris Hummer reports that transferring Clemson sophomore QB Hunter Johnson has been granted a full release from his scholarship, meaning that he can transfer to any program he chooses.

This includes programs in the ACC and programs on Clemson's future schedule. We don't see such freedom of movement generally afforded -- especially to an underclassman -- making this something of a nice parting gift from Tigers HC Dabo Swinney. Johnson (6'3/200) could, of course, weaponize that freedom against Clemson easily enough. In that vain, Hummer is additionally reporting that Duke has "entered the picture" as a candidate to land the former five-star recruit. 247Sports earlier tabbed Northwestern and Purdue as programs to watch in this particular transfer hunt. Johnson will have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations, but will have three years eligibility remaining with his home-to-be beginning in 2019.
Source: 247Sports
May 29 - 2:05 PM

Clemson sophomore QB Hunter Johnson will transfer.

Johnson was considered one of the top prospects in the 2017 class at the quarterback position, but the arrival of five-star signal-caller Trevor Lawrence and the presence of incumbent starter Kelly Bryant made it difficult to project Johnson becoming a starter for the Tigers anytime soon. In limited playing time, he completed 77 percent of his passes for 234 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Expect plenty of schools to have interest in the 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback, as he offers big-time upside at the position. Assuming Johnson transfers to an FBS school, he'll have to sit out the 2018 season -- assuming he doesn't receive clearance from the NCAA to play immediately.
Source: The State
May 21 - 11:10 AM

Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney said sophomore QB Hunter Johnson is "light years ahead of where he was this time last year."

Swinney continued by saying, "Last year, you saw the skill. The game was fast. He was processing a lot and had a lot to think about. But he got better all year long, the game kind of slowed down for him. He's having a heck of a spring." Johnson is a former five-star recruit out of high school and played sparingly as a freshman. He is in a quarterback battle with 2018 five-star recruit Trevor Lawrence and incumbent starter Kelly Bryant to determine who will be the starter in next season.
Apr 5 - 8:54 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell believes that the addition of Clemson five-star 2018 verbal QB commit Trevor Lawrence could lead to a transfer from freshman Hunter Johnson at some point.

"[Lawrence is] a better prospect than Johnson," Farrell writes. "We all know what happens with two five-star quarterbacks – one is going to transfer out, so if I had to guess it would be Johnson." The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Johnson pushed Kelly Bryant during the offseason before Bryant ultimately won out for the starting gig during August camp. We'll pump the brakes on any transfer talk for now. Lawrence has all the talent in the world -- he ranks as Rivals' No. 1 overall prospect for 2018 -- but it's simply too early to know how the dominoes might begin to fall until the five-star gem joins the Tigers in January.
Source: Rivals
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 12:25:00 PM

Clemson HC Dabo Swinney said that freshman QB Hunter Johnson "had the best day, for sure" during Wednesday's scrimmage.

"This is the first time we had an opportunity to put him in some designed quarterback runs like we had with Deshaun and Tajh in the past," explained co-OC Tony Elliott, "and he looked really comfortable." During Wednesday's scrimmage, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder completed 5-of-11 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. A five-star recruit for the 2017 cycle, Johnson is fighting it out with Kelly Bryant and Zerrick Cooper as the Tigers tackle the unenviable task of replacing Deshaun Watson. ESPN's Tom Luginbill believes that either Cooper or Johnson will ultimately win the 2017 starting gig.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 01:42:00 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill writes that "Clemson should [know] by the end of spring practice whether [freshman QB Hunter] Johnson is truly ready to take over."

"Johnson is so talented that going from a dynamic athlete like Deshaun Watson to more of a pocket-player like Johnson isn't as a dramatic as it sounds," Luginbill notes. He believes that either the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Johnson or redshirt freshman QB Zerrick Cooper will ultimately win out as Watson's replacement this offseason. Johnson ranked as Rivals' No. 18 overall prospect in the 2017 class. Cooper was a four-star quarterback in his own right during the 2016 cycle.
Tue, Feb 21, 2017 07:23:00 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Crabtree believes that Clemson freshman QB Hunter Johnson could win the starting job out of August camp.

"Not only is he an early enrollee and will get to go through spring practices," Crabtree writes, "Johnson is the top quarterback in the country and has a perfect skill set for what the Tigers want." The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder was a five-star recruit in the 2017 cycle. Should HC Dabo Swinney feel more comfortable with a veteran presence as the Tigers embark on their title defense, then redshirt senior gunslinger Nick Schuessler could get the call. This competition will be one to watch as the offseason unfolds.
Sun, Feb 12, 2017 03:25:00 PM

Clemson four-star 2017 verbal QB commit Hunter Johnson was named MVP of the Army All-American Game on Saturday.

Johnson only finished 3-of-10 for 91 yards as his East Team beat the West Team 27-17, but the completions turned the game. Johnson hit Michigan commit Donovan Peoples-Jones for a 19-yard first down on his first pass. A little later, he connected for a 61-yard touchdown pass with Henry Ruggs III. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Johnson graduated early and will arrive on Clemson's campus today (Sunday) to enroll. Scout calls Johnson the nation’s No. 5 quarterback and No. 61 overall player. He's hoping to replace Deshaun Watson next season.
Sun, Jan 8, 2017 12:54:00 PM

In the latest release of the ESPN 300, Clemson five-star 2017 verbal QB commit Hunter Johnson was ranked as the No. 1 pocket-passer QB prospect for the cycle.

"[Johnson] is polished, he can control the ball, and he is athletic," noted ESPN recruiting analysts Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert. "As a passer, he has many Josh Rosen-like qualities." The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder has had a stupendous offseason on the camp circuit and was named the quarterback MVP at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge after tossing eight touchdowns in 7-on-7 play. In addition to earning top billing for his position, Johnson lands on the hot-off-the-presses edition of the ESPN 300 at a lofty No. 19 overall.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 03:31:00 PM

Clemson five-star 2017 QB Hunter Johnson was named quarterback MVP at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

Johnson tossed eight touchdowns during 7-on-7 work. Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney deemed it a "consistently impressive performance from start to finish." Three of seven Rivals analysts predicted an MVP for Johnson in Atlanta prior to this weekend, while multiple Elite 11 coaches tagged him as the quarterback that they would most want to build a program around. Gorney wrote in May that the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder "has a surgeon's precision on the field" and that "the ball gets exactly where it should be on almost every throw." Rivals ranks Johnson as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the 2017 class.
Source: Rivals
Sun, Jun 12, 2016 03:19:00 PM

Three of seven Rivals analysts predicted that Clemson five-star 2017 QB Hunter Johnson would take home quarterback MVP honors at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

No quarterback received a majority of the vote, but Johnson (Rivals No. 12 overall) came closest with three of seven ballots predicting supremacy in Atlanta for the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder. Two analysts pegged four-star Stanford commit Davis Mills (No. 28) for QB MVP bragging rights, while four-star Oklahoma commit Chris Robison (No. 74) and four-star Penn State commit Sean Clifford (No. 163) each received one vote a piece.
Source: Rivals
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 04:00:00 PM

Clemson five-star 2017 commit QB Hunter Johnson is headed to Elite 11.

When Elite 11 coaches were asked which quarterback they would choose to build a college program around, they answered Johnson by a big majority. Johnson "is a compelling athlete who can create opportunities by prolonging plays," wrote B/R's Tyler Donohoe, who "throws the prettiest spirals in this class" and has "the blend of touch and zip that scouts covet." Elite 11 counselors also named Johnson the quarterback most likely to succeed in any scheme. Johnson is Rivals' No. 12 overall recruit and the site's No. 1 overall quarterback.
Mon, Jun 6, 2016 08:58:00 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney wrote that Clemson five-star 2017 QB Hunter Johnson "proved why he’s the top-rated pro-style quarterback" at the Steve Clarkson QB Retreat.

"Johnson has a calmness and a coolness while being tested in drills and makes everything look so easy," Gorney wrote. "The five-star is still lean but that shouldn’t be an issue once he gets into a college weight program. He has a surgeon’s precision on the field." The analyst raved about the 6-foot-3, 200-pound gunslinger's accuracy, noting that "the ball gets exactly where it should be on almost every throw." Johnson ranks as Rivals' No. 12 overall player for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Sun, May 29, 2016 02:54:00 PM

According to Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell, Clemson five-star 2017 QB Hunter Johnson was "crisp and fluid all day" during his Rivals Camp Series regional.

"[Johnson] has improved his mechanics and is getting his lower body more involved in his throws, which is a good sign and allows him to show more stamina," Farrell noted. Per Rivals, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder offered one of the five best quarterbacking performances at an RCS regional (there were 10 total regionals). He ranks as the outlet's No. 12 overall recruit for 2017 and the No. 1 pro-style quarterback.
Source: Rivals
Mon, May 23, 2016 01:30:00 PM