Hunter Johnson to Clemson: Tigers Land 5-Star QB Prospect

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistDecember 15, 2015

Photo Credit: Steve Wiltfong, 247Sports

It’s a good time to be a Clemson Tigers fan.

Clemson is the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff and landed a major victory on the recruiting trail Monday. According to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, 2017 quarterback prospect Hunter Johnson decommitted from the Tennessee Volunteers and joined the Clemson class.

The 6'3", 197-pound Johnson is a 5-star pro-style quarterback, per 247Sports’ composite rankings, and the No. 17 overall player in his class. He is also the No. 1 overall player from Indiana and the No. 1 pro-style quarterback.

Johnson, who visited Clemson on Friday, commented on his decision, per Wiltfong: “Myself and my family both just felt like it was the right spot for me. I felt like I had a connection there when I went there. It wasn't something I was seeking out. I felt confident with my earlier decision of Tennessee at the time, but once I got there it felt right to me.”

Johnson also talked about Tennessee, and it didn’t sound like an easy decision, given his respect for the program, per Wiltfong:

It was definitely tough. Built great relationships there. I respect the heck out of the coaching staff at Tennessee and I felt like the decision for me to go to Clemson was the right one and I'm confident about it. The fanbase at Tennessee is really special and the coaches there are great coaches and I'm confident they're going in the right direction too. 

That wasn’t the only news Clemson made on the recruiting trail Monday. The Tigers also received a pledge from defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence. Wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott weighed in on the haul:

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WOW!!! Didn't think this day could get much better but....it just did!!!GREAT DAY TO BE A CLEMSON TIGER!!! 🐅🐾🐾🐾 #ALLIN #ClemsonFamily

As for Johnson, he brings an impressive combination of accuracy and arm strength to the table for the Tigers. He isn’t the most mobile quarterback, but he demonstrates poise in the pocket and can create additional time for his receivers to get open downfield by eluding pressure.

The Tigers have plenty of momentum after their ACC championship and berth in the playoff and appear to be set to continue their success for the foreseeable future with recruits such as Johnson.


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