Lucas Johnson announces transfer to San Diego State

Former Georgia Tech quarterback Lucas Johnson announced his decision to transfer to San Diego State on Sunday. Johnson's intent is to leave Tech as a grad transfer and have two more years of eligibility at San Diego State. He is on track to graduate in May.

The decision, announced from Johnson’s Twitter account, completes something of a circle. As a high school senior at Mt. Carmel High in San Diego, Johnson was committed to San Diego State before changing his mind and committing to Tech in January 2016.

Johnson redshirted in 2016, played 2017 as a backup and then missed the 2018 season with a preseason foot injury. He started two games last season but then made only one more appearance after that due to injuries. Prior to the 2019 season, he received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA to replace the season missed in 2018.

He announced his decision to transfer in January. His high school coach told the AJC that Johnson was transferring because he was "just looking for new opportunities" and wanted to play in the NFL.

“He definitely appreciates the education that he got at Georgia Tech,” said Johnson’s high school coach, John Anderson. “He can’t say enough positive things about the Yellow Jackets and their program. He just thinks that he wants to move on to more opportunities. He’s really positive about the past and the future.”

San Diego State will have to replace its quarterback from last season, Ryan Agnew. The Aztecs were 10-3 in 2019.