Former 5-star quarterback recruit Hunter Johnson will transfer to Northwestern to play for the Wildcats after spending the first season of his college career at Clemson, he announced Monday.
Johnson will sit out the 2018 season and be eligible to play in 2019, per NCAA rules.
The former No. 1 ranked QB in the class of 2017 commits to Northwestern. Welcome to the family, @HunterPh413.
— Northwestern Football (@NUFBFamily) June 11, 2018
Johnson was the second-highest-rated quarterback recruit in the Class of 2017, per the 247Sports composite leaderboard. He was a 5-star recruit who appeared in seven games as a freshman at Clemson, completing 21 of 27 passes for 234 yards. He was behind then-sophomore Kelly Bryant on Clemson’s QB depth chart last season.
That depth chart expanded this offseason to include Trevor Lawrence, the top quarterback recruit in the Class of 2018. Johnson announced his intention to transfer last month.
The Indiana native ultimately chose to head to the Wildcats, who are coming off a 9-3 season. Northwestern has QB Clayton Thorson around for one more season, but the job figures to be Johnson’s to lose when he’s eligible.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the Wildcat family,” Johnson said in a school release. “The program that Coach [Pat] Fitzgerald and his staff have built at Northwestern is phenomenal, and one my family has had the opportunity to get to know and trust.
“I am thankful to Coach [Dabo] Swinney and the Clemson family for all their support over the past year-and-a-half. My focus now is on doing everything in my power to help this team prepare to compete for a Big Ten West title. Go ‘Cats!”