Dexter Lawrence dominated headlines in recruiting circles on Monday afternoon after the 5-star defensive tackle committed to Clemson. Just hours later, however, another 5-star prospect pledged to the Tigers.
Class of 2017 quarterback Hunter Johnson visited Clemson over the weekend. Going into the visit, the 6-3, 197-pound quarterback was nearly four months into a commitment to Tennessee, but just days after the trip, he was ready to switch his commitment. On Monday night, he flipped to the Tigers.
As the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the 2017 class according to 247Sports Composite rankings, Johnson stars for Brownsburg High School in Indiana. As a junior this fall, he completed 55.1 percent of his passes for 2,545 yards and 31 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 231 yards and two scores.
With Johnson’s commitment, Clemson should be in outstanding shape at quarterback for years to come. Before Johnson arrives, the program will welcome consensus 4-star signal-caller Zerrick Cooper next fall.
Johnson is the third player to pledge to the Tigers’ 2017 class. He joins Hightstown, New Jersey, offensive lineman Noah DeHond and Calhoun, Georgia, linebacker Baylon Spector.