Former Clemson quarterback Hunter Johnson, a five-star recruit, considered a number of major programs while making his transfer decision. Ultimately, the former Tigers’ QB decided to transfer to Northwestern.
Johnson, the No. 2 pro-style recruit in the 2017 class, wasn’t heard from much during the Wildcats’ 2018 season, as he sat out due to transfer rules. The transfer quarterback is set to become eligible to play this upcoming season and he’s now talking to the media.
The Chicago Tribune has posted an interesting interview with the Northwestern quarterback.
18 things to know, inc some funny recruiting tales: https://t.co/mPVMe5u6rS
— Teddy Greenstein (@TeddyGreenstein) February 11, 2019
During the interview, Johnson detailed his transfer visit to Michigan, including some funny (but not surprising) notes about Jim Harbaugh.
3. Harbaugh made a “funny” first impression.
Johnson met Harbaugh outside his office.
“I honestly didn’t recognize him at first because he kind of looked like he just rolled out of bed,” Johnson said. “His hair was all over the place. He said, ‘Hold on, let me get fired up real quick.’ He went back and put his khakis and hat on.”
Harbaugh showed Johnson items, including a rocking chair, from the coach’s favorite restaurant, Cracker Barrel. (“You cannot beat the bacon,” Harbaugh told the San Jose Mercury News.)
Later they went out for pizza, and when the hostess was slow to find a table, Harbaugh took over.
“He was getting a little impatient, so he said, ‘I’m going to get this straightened out,’ ” Johnson recalled. “He went in the back and we got on the patio. The pizza took forever to get there, so he was getting even more frustrated. It was funny.”
Of course Jim Harbaugh made a “funny” transfer quarterback. And, of course, he looked a little bit disheveled when he first appeared.
Michigan ended up getting a pretty good transfer quarterback on its own, too. The Wolverines landed former Ole Miss five-star quarterback Shea Patterson, who started for Harbaugh last season.
Northwestern should be fun to watch this season, too.