2. QB Hunter Johnson, from Clemson to Northwestern
If Hunter Johnson wasn’t the nation’s top quarterback recruit in 2017, he was in the discussion along with Jake Fromm (Georgia), Davis Mills (Stanford), Kellen Mond (Texas A&M), and some undersized Tua Tagovailoa guy.
A phenomenal get for Clemson, there was a legitimate shot to win the starting job right away with Deshaun Watson leaving early. Instead, Kelly Bryant won the gig, Trevor Lawrence was signed in 2008, and all of a sudden, a guy who could’ve gone anywhere became the No. 3 option on his own team.
In the initial recruiting process, the Indiana native was given the full court press mostly by Notre Dame, Penn State and Florida, and Northwestern made a little bit of a push.
Who chooses Northwestern when you could go play for, say, Alabama? Or Clemson?
When he was ready to transfer, he decided to take his talents to Evanston. Now he’s about to be, arguably, the most talented quarterback prospect Northwestern has ever had.
The Wildcats are coming off a Big Ten West title and an appearance in the Big Ten Championship, but they lose 10,731-yard, 61-touchdown passer Clayton Thorson – and they just upgraded at the position.
The receiving corps loses leading target Flynn Nagel, but the next eight top targets are back and the defense should be terrific.
If Johnson really does play like Johnny Five-Star, the Wildcats should be right back in the Big Ten title mix, and could potentially go off to the Rose Bowl to face …