Johnson, whom ESPN ranked because the No. 1 pocket passer and No. 21 total participant within the 2017 recruiting class, introduced his resolution Monday. He opted to go away Clemson final month after competing for the beginning job with incumbent Kelly Bryant and incoming freshman Trevor Lawrence, ESPN’s top-rated pocket passer and No. 2 total participant within the 2018 class.
“I’m thrilled to be part of the Wildcat family,” Johnson mentioned in a press 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.”
Johnson will sit out the 2018 season and have three years of eligibility after finishing 18 of 22 passes in seven video games as a real freshman at Clemson final fall. Northwestern is hoping to get quarterback Clayton Thorson, a three-year starter, again from an ACL harm for the 2018 season however will want a brand new starter for 2019.
Johnson additionally visited Duke and thought of Purdue earlier than choosing Northwestern, the place his older brother, Cole, performed as a reserve broad receiver.
“We are ecstatic to add a player of Hunter’s caliber and character to our program,” Fitzgerald mentioned in a ready assertion.