Welcome home: Hunter Johnson transfers back to Clemson for final season of eligibility
Former 5-star quarterback Hunter Johnson is coming home.
Johnson committed to Clemson on Monday afternoon, returning to the school where he initially signed in 2017. Johnson told the news to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong.
Johnson spent the previous three seasons at Northwestern. He told 247Sports that he initially reached out to Clemson to inquire about being a graduate assistant for the program.
“I initially reached out to Coach Swinney to honestly see if he had any GA spots,” Johnson told Wiltfong. “I reached out to him and he asked if I had my sixth year because of Covid and I told him I still did. It wasn’t really my intention initially of calling him. It was pretty exciting and I took a day or so to think over things and it felt like it was a great situation for me and her all around and just being able to go finish my sixth year and play at a place I’ve grown to love over the years and be part of the room.”
Johnson will be the veteran in that quarterback room that also includes incumbent starter D.J. Uiagalelei and incoming 5-star freshman Cade Klubnik.
“That’s what (Swinney) told me, he wants to have somebody in the room who’s older who’s had some experience in college football and the fact I already been there and been in the system and know the system helps even more,” Johnson added. “He thought it would be a really really cool situation.”
This is the first notable transfer for Clemson in recent years. Swinney has been reluctant to use the transfer portal to this point, but appears to have made an exception for a former Tiger.
Johnson threw for 424 yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions during the 2021 season at Northwestern.