The Duke football recruiting process has been dominated by Mitchell Johnson, the son of former Duke coach Mike Johnson, and his father’s son, but the younger Mitchell is also the kind of talent that is on a trajectory to land at the school that gave him his chance.
In his first year at Duke, Mitchell is a four-star recruit, and he is currently ranked in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 11 dual-threat quarterback in the country.
He is the fifth Duke recruit since 2010 to sign with the Blue Devils.
His father’s legacy is also one that has been a source of contention for the Blue Devil’s recruitment team this season.
Mike Johnson was a longtime Duke recruit who left his job as head coach in the early 1990s and went to the University of North Carolina.
He signed with the Tar Heels, but then was fired and subsequently transferred to Georgia Tech, where he was a standout linebacker.
His son, Mitchell Johnson (pronounced M-A-L-D), is an athlete who was a key component to Duke’s 2012 national championship team.
His father, former Duke quarterback Mike Johnson (1961-2008), led Duke to three national championships and four straight ACC titles.
After his father was fired, Mitchell played at Georgia Tech and was a member of the 1994 ACC championship team, the last of which he helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the 1993 national title game.
He was named to the ACC All-Academic team and the AP All-American team as a senior in 1995.
He played at Duke for two seasons, earning All-ACC and ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors, and then the AP Offensive Player of The Year award in 2006.
After Duke signed him, the younger Johnson started two seasons at North Carolina, leading the Tarheels to a 10-win season and the first ACC title in school history.
The Tar Heel team was led by two-time Heisman Trophy winner Michael Vick, who was then a junior at Duke.
After the 2007 season, Mitchell left for North Carolina and played his final season at Duke before deciding to sign at Duke again in 2009.
In his first season at the program, Mitchell was a three-star prospect and was rated as the nation’s No. 15 dual-tender quarterback.
His junior year, the Blue Demon quarterback was named the ACC Offensive Player OF THE YEAR.
He also earned ACC Freshman of the Week honors and the league’s Defensive Player OF the Week for his performances as a junior and senior.
His junior season also marked the second time in his career that he was named ACC Offensive Rookie of the Month.
In the 2010 season, he led Duke back to the title game for the first time since 1996 and finished with three touchdowns and six interceptions as Duke defeated Kentucky in the national championship game.
After signing with Duke, he started four games, including one as the starter, and finished his career with 4,000 passing yards and 18 touchdowns.
In all, he threw for 7,726 yards and 40 touchdowns.
Mitchell Johnson is a member the 2017 class that includes two four-stars, two three-stars and two three.