|Northwestern Wildcats — No. 15|
|Date of birth:March 18, 1998|
|High school: Brownsburg (IN)|
|*2018 Holiday Bowl|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* Pete Dawkins Trophy (2017)
|Stats at ESPN.com|
High school career
Johnson attended Brownsburg High School in Brownsburg, Indiana. During his career he passed for 6,657 yards and 69 touchdowns, including 2,233 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior. Johnson was a four-year starter on the varsity football team, playing in the state's largest class (6A). He led his team to a Hoosier Crossroads Conference championship as a senior and was awarded the team's MVP. Johnson was named team captain his junior and senior years. He holds multiple school records including: Most touchdown passes completed in a game (6), season (31), most passing yards in a game (452) and in a career (6657). Johnson received IFCA and AP all-state honors as a junior and a senior, and was the #1 ranked player in the state of Indiana throughout high school. He was an Indiana Griddy Award Winner. Johnson was also an all-state track runner while at Brownsburg HS, running the 200, 400, and the 4×400 meter relay. He is part of the school's record-holding 4×400 team with a time of 3:17.81. In December 2016, Johnson was named Indy Star's Mr. Football.
Johnson was rated as a five-star recruit and was ranked among the top recruits in the 2017 class. Johnson was ranked by Rivals.com as the number 18 overall player (across every position) in the nation, and was the 2016 Rivals 5-star challenge quarterback MVP. He committed to the Tennessee Volunteers football in 2015 after taking multiple visits there. However after a visit to Clemson University in December 2015 he flipped his commitment to Dabo Swinney's Clemson Tigers. Johnson is a 2016 Elite 11 quarterback, and as such he was chosen to compete in Nike's The Opening. While there he made the All-Nike Rating Team (top 24 athletes nationally) with a score of 122.04 (only quarterback on the team).
Johnson was an early enrollee at Clemson.
Johnson did not redshirt his freshman year at Clemson. He began the season as 3rd string quarterback, but earned the backup position by mid season. Johnson saw limited action against Kent State, Louisville, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, The Citadel, Miami, and South Carolina. He threw his first collegiate touchdown to tight end Cannon Smith during Clemson’s game against Wake Forest. Johnson completed 77.8 percent of his passes, throwing for 234 yards and 2 touchdowns during the 2017 season.
Johnson sat out the 2018 season and will be eligible to play in 2019.
In Johnson’s first game he struggled with a forced fumble for a touchdown and two interceptions, while only having 5 completions.
- "Clemson recruit honored as Indiana's Mr. Football". http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/sports/college/clemson/2016/12/07/clemson-recruit-honored-indianas-mr-football/95094850/.
- Donohue, Tyler. "Hunter Johnson Commits to Tennessee: What 2017 No. 1 QB Brings to Vols". http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2554093-hunter-johnson-commits-to-tennessee-what-2017-no-1-qb-brings-to-vols.
- "Four-star QB switches from Tennessee to Clemson". https://www.si.com/college-football/2015/12/14/clemson-tigers-quarterback-hunter-johnson-commits-tennessee-volunteers.
- "Hunter Johnson's testing score at the opening. - Tiger Boards Archive Forum - TigerNet". https://www.tigernet.com/forum/thread/Hunter-Johnsons-testing-score-at-the-opening-1582850.
- "Mr. Football Hunter Johnson wins Army All-American Game MVP". http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/high-school/2017/01/07/mr-football-hunter-johnson-wins-army-all-american-game-mvp/96294414/.