Hunter Johnson commits to Tennessee: Vols get No. 1 QB in 2017 class


The Tennessee Volunteers picked up a massive commitment for their 2017 class with the verbal commitment from No. 1 quarterback Hunter Johnson. 

Butch Jones has turned around the Tennessee Volunteers from a team at the bottom of the SEC East standings to a team with SEC Championship Game aspirations entering his third year on Rocky Top.

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Much of that success has been rooted in his relentless effort and success he and his coaching staff have had on the recruiting trail and Sunday evening saw that ring true with the verbal commitment from the No. 1 quarterback in the 2017 class Hunter Johnson (Brownsburg, IN. Brownsburg).

According to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, Johnson picked Tennessee over Notre Dame and N.C. State and his multiple visits to Knoxville this year sealed the deal for him deciding to want to be a Vol.

“The last time we were there on campus, I was able to really spend the whole day with Coach Jones and Coach (Mike) DeBord and Coach (Nick) Sheridan too,” Johnson said. “We just sat and talked and talked football and got to know each other a little bit better during the day. When we left I think me and my family thought it fit me well

“Tennessee is really on the rise right now. I feel like Tennessee is an opportunity I can’t really pass up.”

The 6-3, 197-pound Johnson is a five-star prospect who ranks as the nation’s No. 11 overall recruit, No. 1 pro-style quarterback and the top recruit in the state of Indiana, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. The Vols were the first program to offer the 2017 signal-caller and that played a part in his decision knowing they believed in him all along.

Johnson tells Wiltfong he plans to enroll early so he can take part in spring practice with the hopes of competing for playing time as a true freshman. He is the first commit for the Vols 2017 class but now the top quarterback in the nation is on board, you can expect more five-star recruits to follow to play with him.

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