Eddie Gran and Darin Hinshaw have their quarterback. Stephen Johnson II is the 24th member of the Class of 2016. The fifth-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the nation threw for 3,210 yards and 34 TDs last season, while using his 4.5 40-yard dash speed to get 429 yards and 8 TDs on the ground.
With a true freshman, a walk-on and a redshirt sophomore, Johnson adds much-needed depth to the quarterback position. He needs to add to his slender frame (6’3″ 195 lbs.), but there’s no doubt that he will compete with Drew Barker for the starting position this Spring.
A product of Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Johnson’s career began at Grambling State where he immediately won the starting job. After injuries sidelined him, he transferred to College of Desert where he was once again an instant success, finishing the season as the Offensive Player of the Year in the Mountain America Conference and leading his team to a share of the league title, the first in a decade for COD.
You’ve probably seen his Hudl highlight by now, so change it by watching this one from YouTube.