The University of Missouri received a commitment from a walk-on quarterback on Thursday when Evan Johnson of Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis pledged to the Tigers.
Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior, had other opportunities to continue his football career but couldn’t pass up what Missouri offered.
“It was always the school that I grew up watching,” Johnson said. “I grew up admiring Chase Daniel and Blaine Gabbert and those are the games I watched with my family and friends and I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity. Every time I’ve been up on campus, it just felt like home — the type of feeling that this is for me.”
Johnson received the invitation to join the team on Thursday after visiting the campus two days earlier.
“I sat in on a quarterback meeting, watched some film with the guys and then they brought me down to the practice so I could kind of check out how things work,” Johnson said. “It was a great time.”
So when Johnson arrives on campus, he’s expected to be the fifth quarterback behind those players. That’s not a bad position for a walk-on quarterback.
“At that sized school there’s usually six, seven-plus quarterbacks,” Johnson said. “I’m confident in my abilities and expect myself to rise on the list at some point.”
Johnson was one of the more prolific quarterbacks in the St. Louis area last fall. He completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 2,754 yards, with 34 touchdowns against just five interceptions, and also ran for three scores as Westminster went 13-1.