May 25, 2018

Commitment Profile: Hunter Johnson

5-star QB Clemson QB commitment (Source photo via Steve Wiltfrong/247)

5-star QB Clemson QB commitment (Source photo via Steve Wiltfrong/247)


Name: Hunter Johnson
Location: Brownsburg, IN (Brownsburg)
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6’3.5″
Weight: 205 lbs
Honors: US Army All-American, All State Football and Track, Griddy Award Winner(Top 25 Players in the State), Elite 11 Finalist, Holds All-Conference Records for Touchdown Passes in a Game(6), Touchdown Passes in a Season(31), Passing Yards in a Game(445).

247: ★★★★★ #1 PRO, #22 Overall
Rivals:★★★★★  #1 PRO, #4 Overall
ESPN:★★★★ #2 PRO, #28 Overall

Film Room

Showing off the gun and quick release on a goal line slant.


Johnson pulls on the read option and scampers into the endzone.


Johnson moves right to left laterally away from pressure and hits his receiver deep in stride.


Johnson with accurate touch, placing the ball where only his receiver can catch it.


Bleacher Report’s Michael Felder speaks on Hunter Johnson after viewing him at an event.


Prospect Outlook:

The real deal. Currently sitting as the highest ranked recruit in Clemson’s 2017 class and highest ranked QB commit since Watson, Hunter Johnson is a rare elite talent. Immediate impressions upon viewing film include Johnson’s natural arm strength and quick release. Watching his high school highlights, you’ll notice a high percentage of his passes being slightly bobbled by receivers before being caught due to the incredible zip he puts on the ball. Coming out of Brownsburg High, Johnson commands a spread offense, placing him into a similar system and seeing similar reads as he will during his time at Clemson. He’s rated as a pro-style quarterback across all recruiting sites, but don’t let that fool you into believing that his legs cannot be utilized in Clemson’s read option. He’s a more effective runner than most give him credit for, and certainly has the capability to turn on the jets when needed. If you follow the recruiting camp circuit, you know that Johnson has made appearances at various camps and competitions in the past months. Day in and day out, he’s removed any doubts surrounding his steep ranking and 5-star label, including a day at the Elite 11 Quarterback competition in which Johnson was the top performer and went “throw for throw” with a guy named Deshaun Watson. (If that doesn’t make Tiger fans giddy, I don’t know what will). The quarterback situation at Clemson following the Watson era is a murky one with several candidates hoping to take the reins in 2017. Nobody knows how it will play out, but it’ll be difficult to keep a talent like Hunter Johnson off the field.


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(Photo: Steve Wiltfong/247)

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