Former Brownsburg Quarterback Hunter Johnson Chooses Northwestern Over Purdue
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"EVANSTON, Ill. — Hunter Johnson, a transfer from Clemson and the No. 1 rated quarterback in the class of 2017 by ESPN, has announced his commitment to Northwestern University. He will sit out the 2018 season per NCAA transfer rules, and have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2019.
"I'm thrilled to be a part of the Wildcat family," Johnson said. "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. I am thankful to Coach Swinney and the Clemson family for all their support over the past year-and-a-half. My focus now is on doing everything in my power to help this team prepare to compete for a Big Ten West title. Go 'Cats!"
The Brownsburg, Indiana, native was named the state's Mr. Football in 2016 and enrolled at Clemson in the spring of 2017. He saw playing time in seven games as a true first-year last season, completing 77.8 percent of his passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns for the Atlantic Coast Conference champion Tigers.
Johnson finished his prep career at Brownsburg High School with more than 6,600 passing yards and 69 touchdowns, while also rushing for 727 yards and seven touchdowns. Ranked as high as the No. 18 overall recruit in the nation by Rivals in 2016, he earned an Elite11 invitation and Most Valuable Player honors in the U.S. Army All-America game.
Tough one here for Jeff Brohm and Purdue.
The Boilers had an incredibly successful (and surprising 2017 season), kept Jeff Brohm after fear he might leave for Tennessee, landed 4-star recruit Rondale Moore, and we're hoping to dominate the offseason with this signing, but they fell just short.
Still, good things are on the rise for Purdue football, and it's nice to see a local kid stay local in the Big Ten. Now, if only he would have waited to decide where he was going to school after Northwestern heads to Ross-Ade on August 30th to kickoff the 2018 season...