As a high school sophomore, Hunter Johnson is beginning to think about college. But with two years before he arrives at the next level, he allows most of his thoughts to be about what he's doing now.
Johnson was participating in track practice earlier this month when his head football coach at Brownsburg (IN) High called him over. The Class of 2017 quarterback learned Iowa had offered him a scholarship.
"It was a little surprising. Football recruiting wasn't on my mind in the middle of track practice. But I'm also very excited about getting the offer," the 6-foot-2, 200-pound signal caller said.
Johnson attended Iowa's Elite Junior Day in January. He was among a handful of sophomores in a group comprised mostly of players a year ahead of him.
The Hawkeyes have plenty of company in their pursuit of Johnson. He also reports scholarship offers from, among others, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, Purdue and Minnesota. Florida State and Ohio State are showing interest. His brother, Cole Johnson, plays receiver at Northwestern.
"It's early in the process with Iowa right now. I'm really just now starting to build a relationship with the coaches there. I really enjoyed meeting Coach (Kirk) Ferentz for the first time as well as Coach (Greg) Davis," he said of his junior day stop.
Johnson, whose lead Hawkeye recruiter is Jim Reid, appreciated the activities Iowa set up for he and the others visiting for the event.
"I enjoyed listening to the player panel. It's always great to hear what the players have to say. They all seemed excited about the program. The coaches really just wanted me to get a feel for them and the school," he said.
Johnson said he'd like to get back to Iowa City for a spring practice but has not set that up yet.
Johnson completed 122 of 226 passes for 1,434 yards and 10 touchdowns against eight interceptions as a sophomore. His brother, Cole Johnson, played at Avon (IN) High with Brandon Peters, a highly-ranked 2016 QB who Iowa offered early in the process. With Peters ahead of him, Hunter Johnson decided to play at nearby Brownsburg High.