Clemson football player arrested for reckless driving. Here’s what we know

A Clemson football player was arrested earlier this week on a reckless driving charge after his involvement in a Feb. 14 car accident on campus that resulted in all three individuals involved going to the hospital, according to a police report.

Noble Johnson, a redshirt freshman wide receiver on the Tigers football team, was traveling at approximately 71 mph in a 35 mph zone at an intersection near Clemson’s campus before hitting another car that had failed to yield while making a left turn, according to a Clemson University Police Department report obtained by The State on Friday through a public records request.

The accident happened on Feb. 14 at approximately 6:12 a.m. at the intersection of Perimeter Road and Cherry Road, according to the report. That intersection is roughly a mile away from Clemson’s football facilities.

As a result of the accident, the CUPD report said, all three individuals involved – Johnson, the non-student driver of the second car and a non-student passenger in the second car – were transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital due to injuries.

Along with Johnson’s arrest on a misdemeanor reckless driving charge in connection to the accident, the driver of the second car, a woman whose name is redacted in the report, was cited for two charges, according to CUPD: failure to yield right of way (left turns) and driving without a license (first offense).

A team spokesman told The State on Friday that Johnson’s status with the team has not changed as a result of the accident and he remains a member of the program.

The spokesman deferred further comment on Johnson’s situation, including his current injury status, to coach Dabo Swinney, who is scheduled to address the media next Wednesday on the opening day of Clemson’s 2024 spring practice.

The injury status of the two other individuals involved wasn’t immediately clear.

A South Carolina traffic collision report form, completed by CUPD in the days after the incident and attached to the police report, said that on the morning of the accident Johnson was traveling west on Perimeter Road at an estimated speed of 71 mph in a 2022 Honda Civic while the other driver was making a left turn from Perimeter Road onto Cherry Road at 15 mph in a 2006 Chevy Colorado truck.

The traffic collision report said that the other driver “failed to yield” to Johnson before making the left turn and the speed of Johnson’s car “contributed to the collision.” Johnson’s car struck the other car in the passenger side front, according to the report, and the other car “then flipped onto its side” while Johnson’s car “spun and struck the adjacent light pole.”

After reviewing video footage from the incident and conducting a speed calculation, CUPD issued a reckless driving arrest warrant for Johnson on Feb. 19, five days after the incident. An officer wrote when he contacted Johnson regarding that warrant, “Johnson informed me that he was just discharged from the hospital.”

Johnson cooperated with CUPD officers and turned himself in that day around 12:17 p.m. on Feb. 19, according to the report. According to online court filings in Pickens County, where Clemson is located, Johnson posted a $440 bond later that afternoon.

Johnson’s case is listed as criminal and being heard in Clemson University Municipal Court, according to Pickens County court filings, and he has an initial court appearance on March 13.

According to state law, if a person is found guilty of a misdemeanor reckless driving charge, they can “be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than two hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days.”

Johnson is entering his second season with the Clemson football team. As a true freshman in 2023, he redshirted while playing 13 offensive snaps across four games.

Johnson, 18, enrolled at Clemson in January 2023. Coming out of Rockwall (Texas) High School, he was the No. 57 wide receiver recruit and No. 383 overall recruit in the Class of 2023, according to the 247Sports composite.