Justin Hunt at Whitehaven High School is Memphis, TN has a top three and Arkansas State is in the mix. The 6-foot-1, 182-pound wide receiver, who also plays cornerback, is one of several Whitehaven players the Red Wolves staff is interested in with offers extended to teammates, Patrick Smith and Vincent Hunter. The Tigers are playing well, currently 8-0 in Tennessee AAA.
"I've improved on my route running and yards after the catch," said Justin Hunt. "I've had about 21 catches and four touchdowns and a couple of picks on defense. I'm also the team's long snapper. This is my second year as a starter, but I've been on varsity all four, and I'm serving as a team captain."
With the Tigers season going strong, Hunt hasn't had time to make his official visits. Although he has an order for his top three now, he admits how the officials go will most likely be a big determining factor in his decision.
"I like Middle Tennessee State, Marshall, and Arkansas State," he explained. "Those will probably be my three [official] visits and possibly Southern Miss. At Arkansas State, my recruiter is Coach Ingram. I love their passing game and wide receivers coach. I also like how they go out and play the big name schools like Oregon and Nebraska. Middle Tennessee State is in Tennessee. I love how much the coaches stay in touch with me. They're also having a good season.
"The first thing with me is academics. The second thing would be how well the football program is being run. I've been looking at each school and seeing how often they pass the ball and what they like to do offensively. After my officials, I'll probably sit down with my parents in December and make my decision. I'd like to get the opinion of my head coach and my wide receiver coach, but in the end it's going to be my decision."
Hunt will graduate with his class at Whitehaven on May 21st of next year. In the spring, he runs the 110 and 3000 meter hurdles and the 400 meter dash. Last year he qualified for state in the 300 meter hurdles. The Tigers have two big area games remaining. This week they travel to Mitchell then close the regular season with a home game against Memphis East.