Former 5-star Clemson quarterback Hunter Johnson will reportedly move on from the Tigers this summer after just one season in the program.
Don’t feel too bad for Clemson, as wunderkind freshman Trevor Lawrence is expected to fill any gaps. The Tigers also still have Kelly Bryant on campus.
But Johnson’s move just piles on to an interesting and well-documented trend: 5-star quarterback prospects are transferring at incredible rates.
Of the eight quarterbacks to achieve 5-star status in the 2015-17 recruiting class range per 247, five of them have already decided to move on: Blake Barnett (Alabama to Arizona State to South Florida), Jacob Eason (Georgia to Washington), Kyler Murray (Texas A&M to Oklahoma), Shea Patterson (Ole Miss to Michigan) and now Johnson.
Of the three who have elected to stay, only Josh Rosen at UCLA has made a multi-year impact so far. Although Stanford’s Davis Mills could play this season if healthy and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa is the favorite to win the starting job this fall.
Johnson will be a highly-recruited transfer once he makes the decision official. Perhaps an SEC school like Florida or Auburn could land his signature, and get the 5-star QB transfer trend heading in a positive direction for the conference.