Hunter Johnson to transfer, looking at Big Ten schools

Clemson quarterback Hunter Johnson plans to transfer, the school announced Monday.

He will consider several Big Ten schools, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Sources told ESPN's Adam Rittenberg that Northwestern and Purdue are two possible destinations for Johnson. His brother Cole played in few games as a reserve for Northwestern a few years ago.

"While it is always disappointing to lose a great person and a great player, I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Hunter and watch him grow and develop over the last year and a half," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement. "Hunter is one of the best young men I have ever coached and has a very bright future ahead of him.

"I wish him all the best as he decides on his destination."

The Tigers return senior starter Kelly Bryant at quarterback, but he's being pushed by true freshman Trevor Lawrence, who enrolled early this spring and was ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the 2018 signing class by ESPN.

Johnson, a rising sophomore from Brownsburg, Indiana, would have three years of eligibility remaining. He would have to sit out the 2018 season per NCAA transfer rules but does have a redshirt year he could use.

Ranked as the country's No. 1 pocket passer by ESPN in the 2017 signing class, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Johnson played in seven games last season as a true freshman. He was 21-of-27 for 234 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.