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Bears Add Commitment From Hart QB Johnson

June 3, 2019

Cal's Hart-Newhall QB connection paid off again with the commitment of 6-1/190 Hart QB Zach Johnson today, joining former Hart/Cal QB's Joe Kapp and Kyle Boller as Bears.

“After visiting the school and meeting with all the coaches, it did not take long for me to realize it is the right fit,” said Johnson. “I talked to Coach Baldwin about the offense and he made it clear I would fit in great with what they’re trying to do.” 

A top-notch student with a 4.4 gpa, Cal’s academics played a big role in Johnson’s decision, as well.

“Academics are very important to me,” said Johnson. “Cal academically sets me up for life after football.

“Overall it’s an incredible place and i’m excited to be a Bear.”

Despite playing at just over 160 pounds his junior season, Johnson had a stellar year for Hart, completing 219-of-357 passes (62%) for 2892 yards and 30 touchdowns, with 13 interceptions. But a growth spurt after the season and the accompanying increase in strength and velocity brought additional interest from Cal as offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin extended a Cal offer after a visit down South last month.

“Since the end of the season, I’m now up to 190,” said Johnson after the offer. “When Coach Baldwin came down, he was pretty impressed by the way I’ve progressed physically in the offseason. I think that played a big role in the offer.”

“Zach is a super-intelligent football player with a great arm and great accuracy,” said Hart head coach Mike Herrington. “He’s also a great leader.

“He has worked very hard in the weight room to increase his size and strength.”

Johnson’s keenly aware of the stellar duo of Hart quarterbacks who went on to stardom at Cal in Rose Bowl QB and former Cal head coach Joe Kapp and 2003 first round draft pick Kyle Boller.

“My coach talks a lot about guys that have gone on to success after Hart and it was pretty cool to hear about Joe Kapp and Kyle Boller and the success they had at Cal after Hart,” said Johnson last month. “It’s really cool to get an offer from the same place those guys went to.

“Joe Kapp was a beast from what I hear and Kyle Boller had an absolute cannon. He threw missiles, tearing guys’ gloves off.”

Johnson becomes the seventh Cal commit, joining receiver Tommy Christakos, who committed yesterday after Cal’s big recruiting weekend along with receivers Casey Filkins and Jeremiah Hunter, as well as offensive lineman Everett Johnson, linebacker Andy Alfieri and cornerback Isaiah Young.

More recruting stories:

Christakos Makes it Official With Commitment to His Dream School, Cal

Big Cal DB Target Clark Phillips Set to Visit Bears

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