Penn State backup quarterback and former four-star prospect Michael Johnson Jr. has decided to enter his name into the NCAA transfer portal. The news was reported by 247Sports on Sunday evening.
Johnson was a member of Penn State’s 2019 recruiting class and is a native of Eugene, Oregon. He was expected to compete for the third-string job with the Nittany Lions this season, behind starter Sean Clifford and backup Will Levis.
Last season, Johnson spent his first season in State College redshirting as a freshman. He did not play for the Nittany Lions last fall.
Johnson is listed at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds and is a dual-threat quarterback. He was listed as the No. 15 dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 recruiting class and ranked No. 380 overall. He was the second-highest-ranked prospect out of Oregon.
As a recruit, Johnson received offers from more than two dozen programs. He will likely be a top priority target out of the transfer portal for teams looking to fill a vacancy at the quarterback position in the coming years.
Johnson will have four years of eligibility remaining but must sit out the 2020 campaign unless he receives an immediate eligibility waiver from the NCAA.