Penn State Quarterback Michael Johnson Jr. Enters the NCAA Transfer Portal

By Matthew Filipovits on June 14, 2020 at 6:12 pm
Apr 13, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Michael Johnson Jr (13) drops back in the pocket during the second quarter of the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. The Blue team defeated the White team 24-7. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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Penn State quarterback Michael Johnson Jr. has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal.

One of two four-star quarterbacks to sign as part of Penn State's 2019 recruiting class, Johnson Jr. did not appear in any games last season. As a recruit, he was the No. 15 dual-threat quarterback in his class and the second-ranked player in the state of Oregon.

Johnson Jr. was listed as the fourth-string quarterback on the spring depth chart, behind classmate Ta'quon Roberson. It appeared Roberson was further along in his development when the staff opted to put the New Jersey native in to close the Rutgers game this past November. 

The son of former Oregon offensive coordinator Mike Johnson, the younger Johnson should expect to have a garner a good amount of interest from schools all over the country. Coming out of high school, he held offers from schools in every power conference. He will have to sit out a year according to NCAA transfer rules.

Penn State's quarterback room is still in good shape despite the move. Sean Clifford, Will Levis, and Ta'quon Roberson make up a solid three-deep for this season, with incoming freshman Micah Bowens and blue-chip commit Christian Veilleux waiting in the wings. 

By our count, Johnson Jr.'s transfer puts the Nittany Lions at the 85 scholarship player limit as summer workouts are set to begin. 

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