Former Clemson QB Hunter Johnson transfers to Northwestern

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Former Clemson quarterback and highly touted
recruit Hunter Johnson is transferring to Northwestern.

Johnson will have to sit out this season to satisfy NCAA transfer
rules and have three years of eligibility left. Northwestern has
senior Clayton Thorson coming back from a knee injury and set to
start at quarterback this season.

Johnson, from Brownsburg, Indiana, was considered one of the best
quarterbacks in the 2017 signing class. He worked his way up to No.
2 on Clemson’s depth chart as a freshman.

”We are ecstatic to add a player of Hunter’s caliber and character
to our program,” Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald said Monday. ”He
comes from an outstanding family, one we’ve had the opportunity to
know for many years, and he will fit right in to the culture we
continue to build here in Evanston. I’m excited for the opportunity
to be his coach and look forward to him joining our football family
on campus this month.”

Johnson’s brother, Cole, played for Northwestern from 2013-16,
contributing on special teams.

Hunter Johnson played in seven games last season and completed 77.8
percent of his passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Stuck
between returning starter Kelly Bryant and heralded 2018 recruit
Trevor Lawrence, Johnson decided to transfer after spring practice.
He thanked Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and the Tigers staff for
their support.

”The program that Coach 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 said. ”My focus
now is on doing everything in my power to help this team prepare to
compete for a Big Ten West title.”

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