Northwestern Lands QB Hunter Johnson
Can he be ready now?
No, Hunter Johnson isn’t a grad transfer and won’t be available until the 2019 season, but at the very least, Northwestern has its next quarterback star.
If all goes according to plan, Clayton Thorson’s knee injury will be healed up enough to go to start this season, he looks and plays like a future NFL starter, and then Johnson is ready to step in and be ready to roll.
The 6-2, 210-pound Indiana native was one of the star gets in Clemson’s 2017 recruiting class, but Kelly Bryant was the veteran who got the starting nod and led the Tigers to the ACC title and the College Football Playoff.
And then came Trevor Lawrence, and that changed everything.
As good as Johnson was and is as a prospect, he doesn’t have the upside of Lawrence, and the writing was on the wall. This year, either it’ll be Bryant or Lawrence with Johnson pushing for the No. 3 job.
So it’s off to Northwestern, where his passing skills and great speed should make him one of the Big Ten’s biggest stars right away. At the very least, he’s one of the program’s best recruits in a long, long time, even if it took a while to get him.