Irish offer 2017 quarterback

Sophomore quarterback Hunter Johnson of Brownsburg (Ind.) High recaps his day spent at Notre Dame and talks about picking up an offer from the Irish.

One of the most impressive quarterbacks in the 2017 class is four-star Hunter Johnson of Brownsburg (Ind.) High. Johnson added an offer from the Irish during a visit to campus on Sunday.

“I am really, really excited,” Johnson said. “I was hoping before the visit that I would get offered, but now that it happened, it’s surreal.”

The 6-foot-3, 197-pound signal-caller arrived on Notre Dame’s campus at 1 p.m. Sunday with his parents. They were greeted by Irish offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Mike Sanford.

“Campus was beautiful,” Johnson said. “We spent the say seeing everything, and we got to have lunch on campus, too. It’s a great place.” 

Following a tour of the football facilities and campus, Johnson sat down with Sanford for a one-on-one conversation.

“Coach (Brian) Kelly was out of town today, but Coach Sanford told me that he wanted to offer me a scholarship,” Johnson said. “It was my first time meeting Coach Sanford in person after talking to him on the phone a few times. I really liked talking with him today, and he seems like a great guy. I think I related to him really well and he was easy to talk to.”

Johnson said Sanford’s message involved talk of winning a national championship in the future.

“He told me that he’s coaching to win a championship,” Johnson said. “He likes competition at the quarterback position and thinks I would fit in really well with Notre Dame’s offense.”

Notre Dame joined Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Miami (Ohio), Minnesota, North Carolina, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, Tennessee and Vanderbilt as schools to offer Johnson, who has yet to name favorites.

“I’m still talking to coaches and figuring things out,” Johnson said.

Johnson is set to visit UNC, N.C. State, Northwestern, Penn State and Tennessee in April.


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