The Tennessee Volunteers received a boost to their 2017 recruiting efforts in the form of a big-time commitment on Sunday. Hunter Johnson, who is ranked as the No. 1 high school quarterback in the nation for the 2017 class, has pledged to take his talents to Rocky Top.
The 6-foot-3, 197-pound, pro-style signal-caller from Brownsburg High School in Indiana is a 5-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. 247Sports also ranks him as the No. 11 overall player in the nation for the class of 2017, and he has already committed to play in the 2017 U.S Army All-American game.
Johnson claims more than 20 offers from some of the best schools in the country. He ultimately chose Tennessee over the likes of Notre Dame, Florida, Michigan, Miami, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Penn State to name a few. The home state Fighting Irish were believed to be Tennessee’s toughest competitor in landing Johnson. NC State also was named as a finalist.
Johnson, who is just now entering his junior year at Brownsburg, decided to make the early commitment in order to focus on his final two seasons of high school football and avoid the many distractions that accompany the recruiting process. He has visited Knoxville on at least six occasions, citing comfort level as the deciding factor in choosing the Vols. Johnson becomes the Vols’ first commitment for the class of 2017 and plans on enrolling early at Tennessee.
— Written by Rob McVey, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. McVey is a diehard Tennessee Volunteers' fan who loves singing "Rocky Top" every opportunity he gets. Follow him on Twitter @Rob_UTVOLS