At 3:13 p.m. Monday, a white and red rectangle flashed across my phone. When I saw the notification, I almost jumped out of seat. The message was in all caps. My thoughts were in all caps. Proof:
The program was clearly excited too. Like everything else happening at the time, the subject line of the email release email from Northwestern Athletics Communications was in all caps. That was not the case when punter Jake Collins’ transfer was sent out (we love you, Jake!)
Everyone knew how big this was. Let’s not sugarcoat it. Hunter Johnson is the biggest recruit in Northwestern football history.
Kyle Prater — the only other five-star recruit to commit to Pat Fitzgerald — was ranked a little higher than Johnson out of high school, but Prater was not a quarterback.