He may not be related to Megatron, but Northwestern will welcome this Calvin Johnson to Evanston with open arms.
Three-star wide receiver Calvin “C.J.” Johnson II announced his commitment to Northwestern on Wednesday via Facebook. After de-committing from Navy last month, Johnson reopened his recruiting and became a sensation late in the cycle, choosing Northwestern over a number of top programs.
The Mississippi native received double-digit Power Five offers and picked NU over finalists Penn State, Duke, TCU and Vanderbilt, claiming the combination of elite academics and football put Pat Fitzgerald’s program over the edge, as the coveted receiver had a 4.0 GPA and scored a 35 on the ACT.
Johnson played quarterback, safety and kick returner in high school and received offers to play both offense and defense but will play receiver for the Wildcats. He ran for 1,186 yards and 21 touchdowns and threw for 796 yards and 11 more touchdowns in 2020. He also had two additional scores as a kick returner and added 57 tackles and two interceptions at safety.
He becomes the 16th member and fourth wide receiver in the 2021 class, joining Jacob Gill, Donnie Gray and Jordan Mosley, a former Tennessee commit who signed with NU earlier on Wednesday morning.