Madison, Miss., Central tight end Grayson Gunter already has six scholarship offers, but there are some big-names beginning to knock on his door.
One of those is Arkansas, a place Gunter (6-6, 225) took in on an unofficial visit this weekend.
“It was my first trip to Fayetteville and I loved it,” Gunter said. “I liked the people, especially the football staff and the players and I just really liked the overall atmosphere.
“I also know that for a tight end, it is a place that you have to love because they really utilize the tight ends and get them involved so much in the offense.”
Gunter already has offers from Southern Miss, Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic, South Alabama, Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee State.
He’s also getting interest from Arkansas, LSU and Tennessee,Michigan, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
“I would absolutely love to get an offer from Arkansas,” Gunter said. “It’s a big-time school that plays in the best division in college football – the SEC West. That would be a chance to plat against the best and I would really like that opportunity.”
Gunter has plans to come back to Arkansas for a camp in June.
“Arkansas’ coaches told me that are really slow about handing out offers because they want to be certain of the player and the person,” Gunter said. “They also like to see you in camp so I am planning on being there in June for one.”
The Razorbacks coaches have plans to see him ahead of that trip.
“The Arkansas coaches are also coming to my school in May to just learn more about me and see me workout and that kind of stuff,” Gunter said.
Gunter believes he can be an all-around tight end.
“I think I am a good receiver and can run good routes,” Gunter said. “I can also split out some. I am continuing to work on my strength and my blocking and know that is coming around.
“I know I will get better when I just play one sport and concentrate on that.”
He made the trip to Fayetteville with his dad Bubba, who grew up in Memphis and played linebacker for Ole Miss – but did take a visit to Arkansas during the recruiting process.
“He couldn’t believe how much has changed since he visited,” Gunter said.
Gunter caught 21 passes for 232 yards as a junior during what turned into an injury-plagued campaign for his team that didn’t make the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
“We started the season ranked number three in the state, but our team had a lot of injuries – a lot of them that were season-ending early,” Gunter said. “We ended up not making the playoffs, which was the first time in forever.
“Our program always makes the playoffs. But we just had too many guys out last season.”
Gunter expects the school to start a new streak beginning his senior season with new head coach Brad Petersen, who was 50-18 the last five years at Brandon.
“We have a lot of talent coming back and a really good quarterback as well as a new coach that has been really successful everywhere he has been,” Gunter said.
Gunter did experience success on the basketball court as he helped senior Leroy Buchanan and junior Shunn Buchanan lead the team to the Class 6A state championship game before losing 43-40 to Starkville.
“We had a great basketball season,” Gunter said. “Now I just want to take that momentum into the football season.”
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