It has been over a month since the end of the 2021 season for Northwestern football, but a former top recruit within the program announced his intention to leave Evanston only this week.
Quarterback Hunter Johnson entered the transfer portal on Wednesday, according to On3 Sports’ Matt Zenitz. At this point, The Spun can confirm the report.
A former five-star recruit in the 2017 class, Johnson started three games as team captain for the Wildcats in the 2021 season. He ended a frustrating year at Evanston with 424 passing yards, four touchdowns, and four interceptions.
Northwestern finished the 2021 season with an overall record of 3-9 and finished last in the Big Ten West with 1-8.
Northwestern QB Hunter Johnson has entered the transfer portal, @ on3sports learned.
Former five-star recruit who started his college career at Clemson. Https://t.co/St4ensmRGU
– Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) January 12, 2022
Johnson started eight games for Northwestern over three seasons with the program. Most of his game came during the 2019 season, but mid-season he struggled with injuries and serious family problems, resulting in a disappointing performance on the field. He ended the year with just 46 percent of his passes for 432 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.
Graduate change Peyton Ramsey took over the starting job in the Northwest the following year and returned Johnson to the backup role. He didn’t record any statistics during the 2020 season.
Johnson began his college career at Clemson. He came to the Tigers as No. 2 pro and No. 30 overall for the nation for the 2017 cycle.
He only played one season for Dabo Swinney before moving to Northwestern after his first season.