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Clemson flips five-star QB

It looked like the recruitment of five-star Brownsburg, Ind., class of 2017 quarterback Hunter Johnson was over when he made a commitment to Tennessee at the beginning of his junior season this past August. On Monday night, though, Johnson surprised the recruiting world when he de-committed from the Volunteers and made his pledge to an ACC program.
We told subscribers it was a 5-star day ;) #Clemson has flipped 2017 5-star QB Hunter Johnson https://t.co/9465cy7YZg- Paul Strelow (@PaulStrelowTI) December 15, 2015
WHAT HAPPENED: Johnson made a surprise visit to Clemson on Friday. He was at Tennessee the following day and made no mention of the Clemson visit to reporters who spoke to him leaving Knoxville, so the trip was very hush-hush. Schools had continued to pursue the nation's No. 1 ranked pro-style quarterback even after his commitment to Tennessee, with Alabama and others offering this fall.
IN HIS WORDS: "I do think the visit made a big difference. I felt that I was able to really get to know the coaching staff and really get a good feel for what they are about and what they believe in. The staff is very faith-driven and that was something that really stood out to me. It has definitely been tough, but I know that this is the right decision. I am very excited and I can't wait to get back down to Clemson soon."
RIVALS' REACTION: There had not been a lot of chatter about Johnson switching schools throughout the fall, but then he has always kept his recruitment very close to the vest. He stressed the strong faith of the Clemson coaching staff and I did hear he clicked immediately with Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney on the visit to Clemson. With Heisman Trophy finalist DeShaun Watson eligible to enter the NFL Draft the spring before Johnson would arrive on campus, the timing is right.
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