Westminster Christian Academy quarterback Evan Johnson will be a “preferred walk-on” for the 2016 season, choosing to stay with his home-state school after a senior season in which he threw for 2,754 yards and 34 touchdowns for the Wildcats. Westminster, in a 13-1 season, suffered its only loss to eventual state champion Kearney in the state semifinals.
Johnson received an invitation from his lead recruiter, Andy Hill, to visit the MU campus this week. The Tigers have known of Johnson, recruiting him early in his high school career, but never offering a scholarship. After attending Mizzou’s Tuesday practice, the Tigers coaching staff extended Johnson the offer to be a “preferred walk-on”. As a “preferred walk-on”, Johnson will be eligible to practice with the team at the start of fall campus, and not have to join his teammates after the start of classes (like with other walk-on’s).
Johnson was a second-team media and third-team coaches all-state selection in 2015. He now becomes part of the mix at quarterback for Missouri, joining a group that includes likely starter and sophomore Drew Lock, sophomore Marvin Zanders, junior college transfer Jack Lowary, and incoming freshman Micah Wilson of Tulsa, Oklahoma.