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Clemson 5-Star QB Hunter Johnson Announces Transfer Destination

Hunter Johnson celebrates a big play against Wake Forest.

Former Clemson five-star quarterback Hunter Johnson has officially made his transfer decision. The former top recruit is heading to the Big Ten.

Johnson, who announced earlier this spring his intentions to transfer out of the Tigers' program, has committed to Northwestern. The quarterback is a Midwest native and had interest in a couple of Big Ten programs.

Northwestern officially announced the news moments ago.

"I'm thrilled to be a part of the Wildcat family," Johnson said. "The program that Coach (Pat) Fitzgerald and his staff have built at Northwestern is phenomenal, and one my family has had the opportunity to get to know and trust. I am thankful to Coach (Dabo) Swinney and the Clemson family for all their support over the past year-and-a-half. My focus now is on doing everything in my power to help this team prepare to compete for a Big Ten West title. Go 'Cats!"

Johnson chose Northwestern over Duke, Purdue and Indiana.

The quarterback was one of the top recruits in the country coming out of high school in 2017. He was ranked the No. 2 pro-style passer and 30th overall player in the 247Sports Composite.

Johnson played in seven games for Clemson, throwing for 234 yards and two touchdowns.

The former five-star recruit has three years of eligibility remaining. He'll have to sit out the 2018 season.

Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald is thrilled.

"We are ecstatic to add a player of Hunter's caliber and character to our program," Fitzgerald said. "He comes from an outstanding family, one we've had the opportunity to know for many years, and he will fit right in to the culture we continue to build here in Evanston. I'm excited for the opportunity to be his coach and look forward to him joining our football family on campus this month."