We’ve known for weeks that former 5-star quarterback Hunter Johnson would be transferring from Clemson after it became clear that he’d be buried beneath incumbent starter Kelly Bryant and mega-recruit Trevor Lawrence on the depth chart.
On Monday, 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong reported that Johnson will transfer to Northwestern.
Johnson was the No. 2-rated quarterback in the Class of 2017 and committed to Clemson over Tennessee, Notre Dame and Penn State. The Indiana product completed 21 of 27 pass attempts in his freshman season for 234 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception.
This spring, he hoped to hold off Lawrence, a 5-star in the Class of 2018 who many analysts have billed as the best quarterback prospect of the last decade. However, Lawrence ascended to No. 2 on the depth chart and is considered a genuine threat to overtake Bryant as the starter.
Johnson reportedly looked hard at both Northwestern and Purdue, which is just an hour away from his Brownsburg home. However, the allure of playing with his brother, Cole, who is a walk-on wide receiver at Northwestern, won out.
He’ll have to sit a year as a transfer student, but since his redshirt season hasn’t been burned, he’ll have three remaining seasons of eligibility.