The Clemson football program lost former five-star recruit Hunter Johnson earlier this month with the quarterback decided to transfer to the Northwestern Wildcats. Despite coming to college as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback, Johnson was the No. 3 quarterback on the Tigers’ roster behind returning starter Kelly Bryant and true freshman Trevor Lawrence.
Johnson is an incredibly talented prospect and could prove to be a huge loss for Clemson if he goes on to become a star at Northwestern, and Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney had nothing but positive comments regarding his former player.
Swinney addressed Johnson’s departure in an interview with 247 Sports.
The head coach said:
“I have. I talked to him and Fitz (Pat Fitzgerald). I’m really glad it worked out that way. He told me early on that that was probably what he was going to do. I reached out to Fitz, who I have a lot of respect for and he’s a friend. It was a tough decision for Hunter. I am not surprised that we have a quarterback who decided to transfer. I was just surprised by the timing. I really felt like if anything happened, it would probably be after the season. He’s an unbelievable talent. He’s gonna be a pro. He’s gonna play this game a long time. A guy that I’ll be connected to forever. I’ll be friends with him forever. He’s truly one of the best players and one of the best young people I’ve ever been around. I wish him well and know he’s in a good place. I’m pulling for him all the way through and can’t wait to watch him be successful.”
At a time where coaches attempt to limit potential landing spots for their transfer players or attempt to discredit them or tarnish their image in the media, it’s great to see someone like Swinney who handles themselves with nothing but the utmost class.