Hunter Johnson


  by - Radio Host - Wednesday, December 16, 2015 9:25 AM
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Hunter Johnson
Yesterday we detailed the first of two five-star commitments for Clemson Monday in Dexter Lawrence. The nation's number two prospect in the class of 2016 will enroll at Clemson in January.

The second five-star that committed Monday is Hunter Johnson, a native of Brownsburg, IN. Johnson (6-4, 205) is the only five-star quarterback in rivals.com's 2017 class. The website has him listed as the nation's number 12 overall prospect.

This is a huge commitment on several fronts. First, it gives the Tigers another great prospect at the most important position on the field. We have seen how important the quarterback position has become in the college game, and Johnson gives Clemson yet another prospect for the future.

It was important commitment because they flipped a five-star quarterback from an SEC school as well. Johnson had been committed to Tennessee for his entire junior season. Getting this type of prospect from a program like Tennessee says a lot about Clemson's current clout.

Johnson is very close to several wide receiver prospects in the class of 2017. Two with Tennessee ties are Tee Higgins and Amari Rodgers. Higgins is from Oak Ridge, TN and has been committed to Tennessee since August. He is a four-star that is currently ranked 69th in the country for the 2017 class. Rodgers is a four-star wideout out of Knoxville, TN in the same class. He just decommitted from Southern Cal where his father, Tee Martin, is an assistant. Both wideouts are close to Johnson. Johnson's commitment is big news for Clemson and its battle to continue to have an advantage over Tennessee is the battle for "WRU".

This also sends a message to several of the top receivers on Clemson's recruiting board. J.J. Robinson a five-star from Lakeland, FL who is ranked seventh in the country and is heavily involved with Clemson. The Tigers are recruiting many of the top wideouts in the next class including four-star prospects like Nico Collins of Prinson, AL, OrTre Smith of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Keyshawn Johnson, Jr of Calabasas, CA, Emmanuel Greene of Bradenton, FL, Bruce Judson of Cocoa, FL, Jerry Jeudy of Deerfield Beach, FL, Trey Blount of Atlanta, GA and three-star speedster Shi Smith of Union, SC.

This gives the Tigers another very talented signal caller to compete for the job after Deshaun Watson. Who knows if Watson will stay for the 2017 season? But whenever he leaves, Clemson quarterback coach Brandon Streeter will have several talented prospects left to compete for the job. Kelly Bryant has shown some signs in his true freshman season and continues to excite the staff based on his athletic ability. Tucker Israel got injured early in camp and red-shirted, but he will get a long look this spring. The Tigers will bring in Zerrick Cooper in this next class. Cooper is a four-star, top-250 prospect that lit up Dabo Swinney's camp two years ago and had a very good senior campaign. Johnson is again the nation's top signal caller in the class after Cooper's.

In breaking down each player, it is easy to see Bryant is the best athlete. He is a runner first but is developing as a passer. Israel is short but throws the ball very well. Cooper is more of a pocket passer than Bryant, as is Johnson, but Johnson may be a little better runner than Cooper.

It is way too early to tell who develops among those four prospects and who will be ready to take over when Watson leaves. However, Clemson just got more talented at quarterback, and the future looks even brighter after another five-star pledged to the program Monday.

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